Protiviti settles governance lawsuit out of court

Corporate governance advisory firm Protiviti has reached a settlement with
former employee Sandra Millar after she sued for £150,000, alleging that the
company failed in its own governance regime.

Millar had accused Protiviti, formed from Andersen’s risk consulting
business, of failing to give staff health and safety training, operating
overcrowded offices and providing badly designed workstations.

Millar, who was hired by Protiviti as a public sector internal audit expert,
had said that the firm’s corporate governance processes were ‘minimal or

This week, the
confirmed to Accountancy Age that a hearing between the two
parties scheduled for October had been cancelled following a settlement.

Protiviti declined to comment, while lawyers for Millar also said that they
could not comment due to legal reasons.

The firm was formed from the risk and internal audit division of Andersen US
in 2002, and now employs 2,900 across the world.

Protiviti presents itself as ‘a leading provider of internal audit and
business and technology risk consulting solutions’.

The case has been an embarrassment as the company sells itself as a
governance adviser.

The firm had lined up former Arthur Andersen tax accountant Robin Broughton
as its legal representative for the case.

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