Early Christmas Corkers

2019-10-18 Jennifer Renney-Butland posted:

Early Christmas Corkers

City firms will this week be reviewing their policies on alcohol consumption and office relationships between staff, as the legal profession comes to terms with an unprecedented tribunal finding in the case of a former partner at a magic circle firm, which shall remain nameless.

The partner concerned was accused of taking advantage of a junior member of staff by making a pass at her after they left the staff do when she was drunk. Little did he know that his indiscretion would end up with him being forced to retire from the law altogether, being banned from practicing law, and receiving a hefty fine from the solicitor’s regulator the SRA. Ouch.

Even Rumpole of the Bailey would have been struggling with defending this tribunal case. And goodness knows what She Who Must Be Obeyed (aka Mrs Rumpole) would think of it all. The story includes glamour, power, and of course, copious amounts of alcohol, resulting in blurred vision and blurred boundaries.

The days of rewarding staff with alcohol-fuelled celebrations, or partners buying drinks for their teams, may also be numbered as firms consider their reputations. So whilst we don’t want to be a party pooper, how about inviting wives and partners along to the office party as well. Bound to be a cracker.

If you have questions regarding office indescretions get in touch with us by giving us a call on 01225632240 to speak to one of our experienced solicitors. You can also email us at info@renneyandco.com with any questions.

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