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I was in a legal dispute with a University over a discrimination issue.

It was concluded by Consent of Order and I was awarded damages, but without admission of liability by the University.


In the Order it stated the matter against the Defendant was concluded.


I have a couple of queries...


1) Could I bring a claim against a couple of individuals from the University - as my previous claim was against the University, not individuals.

I am not looking for financial award just a declaration of victimisation.

All documentation and Court papers has the Defendant as this particular University.


2) The Defendant was ordered (by consent) to pay damages - but without admission of liability.

Would people infer the University was indeed liable - because of the damages they had to pay and that 'without admission of liability' is the equivalent of pleading 'not guilty'.

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1) The Defendant would include the university and their servants or agents (I.e. The employees.) You would have a hard time suing the individual employees for the same thing.


2) No that's not the same as not guilty. It's just settling the claim on a commercial basis as it's cheaper than fighting it. It's probably the case that they were liable but they didn't want to admit that or fight it.

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Thanks for the reply...I guess the issue is over.


I do sometimes have doubts about the settlement.

My heart says I should have continued but my head said to settle - especially as the University was offering a financial settlement.


On the Court Order there is a Recital Section in which it is confirmed that the University offered an Agreement 4 days after receiving a Draft Court Claim.


The links below, helped make me decide to settle.....


Statistics: only 3% of claims go to a Full Hearing



Requirement to settle out of court




Discrimination cases


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