News DLA Piper Regulatory and compliance Technology, Media and Telecommunications UK Business Leadership DLA partner in Scudamore scandal: “I let myself, my firm and its clients down” By Hannah Gannage-Stewart 21 May 2014 00:06 17 December 2015 13:28 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 21 May 2014 at 08:01 Pattern of bad behaviour and poor judgement at DLA. Sexist emails, “churn thsat bill”, the DLA Mid East Debacle (wikileaks has the censoref article)… Reply Link Dayglo Dave 21 May 2014 at 09:08 Sensible to make the apology. But I cannot see this damaging Nick West or DLA. Indeed, will probably enhance Nick West’s career. A bit of a badge of honour. Call me unreconstructed…..or a realist. Reply Link Jack Reacher 21 May 2014 at 10:01 No such thing as bad publicity. Surprised we’ve not seen comment yet from Peta “Edna” Bistany… Reply Link Maxwell House QC 21 May 2014 at 10:25 I, for one, was truly and deeply offended by what I am told was written (even though I haven’t read it myself) – sack the lot…! That’s enough vicarious offence for 1 day – ED Reply Link Anonymous 21 May 2014 at 11:44 Of course if this had been a junior associate making an error of judgment through lack of experience, they’d be sacked. But that wouldn’t leave so much of a hole in DLA’s coffers. Reply Link Anonymous 21 May 2014 at 12:20 I genuinely would not like to work with anyone who finds it acceptable to refer to women as “gash” and to clients as well. Way to go on supporting your female staff, DLA. Slow hand clap….. Reply Link Anonymous 21 May 2014 at 13:54 @ Dayglo Dave Neither unreconstructed nor a realist, just an overgrown schoolboy from one of the less enlightened minor public schools, to be pitied rather than condemned. Reply Link John 21 May 2014 at 14:13 I would genuinely like to see if there would have been the same uproar had it been two women discussing a man. Unlikely. Reply Link Anonymous 21 May 2014 at 16:24 John – it is very annoying when this argument is raised. Sexism towards men is recognised in the same proportion that it exists: the reason this issue has become so prominent, and – as you suggest – probably wouldn’t cause the same outcry if the roles were reversed, is that misogyny is so much more more prevalent than misandry – and much more harmful to the general perception of women in what is meant to be a respectable, and respectful, industry. The practice of objectifying men is nowhere near as embedded in our culture as the practice of objectifying women. Comments like these have much more impact women’s status in society than equivalent comments about a man would have. An objectified man will always be taken more seriously than an objectified woman. Reply Link assoc 21 May 2014 at 16:48 I would genuinely like to know if Jon thinks that the position of men and women in the workplace and society is equal. Because that’s when it becomes appropriate to take the position (implicit in his comment) that comments between two women would have been equivalent. It’s good that Mr West has apologised. But why hasn’t DLA taken any disciplinary action against him? Reply Link Anonymous 21 May 2014 at 18:17 To jack – ask Donald Stirling if there is no such thing as bad publicity. I am sure he would beg to differ. Reply Link Anonymous 21 May 2014 at 22:06 I find the language used in the emails quite repulsive. As a guy I can’t quite believe that there are people talking like this. No-one I know does. I do agree with John, however. Anonymous 4.24pm and assoc merely give strength to his point. Their logic – that it’s more acceptable for woman to make sexist remarks because it’s a problem ‘less recognised’ and ‘less embedded in the culture’ – demonstrates that they’re not really interested in genuine equality and fairness at all. They’re interested in tub thumping and faux outrage which really isn’t very helpful to anyone. Happy Wednesday. Reply Link Anonymous 21 May 2014 at 22:15 I suppose the real question for the legal community is whether this DLA partner, in entertaining this e mail exchange, reflects the UK branch of the firm’s overall attitude to women. Do, or have in the past, DLA’s senior management referred to women in similar terms,, either in private meetings, at which women may have been present or in e mails or text messages? It is an interesting question and if posed in a wider public forum may elicit interesting responses. Are there women out there who feel that DLA is a sexist organisation? If not, then this is an isolated incident that we should all let pass. Reply Link Rask 22 May 2014 at 09:27 assoc – men and women are equal in the work place. recent figures released show the gender pay gap does not exist for those aged 18-39. And in law there are more female associates, more female trainees, so if anything women have a higher status in the workplace. Reply Link Anonymous 22 May 2014 at 11:27 Rask – please provide sources for your claim, as it is contrary to ONS findings (which put the gender pay gap at 19.7 per cent). Reply Link Anonymous 22 May 2014 at 11:31 Anonymous at 10:06 pm: I am anonymous at 4.24. I would appreciate it if you actually read my comment: I never said that it was acceptable for women to discuss men in this way. I said that misogyny creates a bigger impact and greater inequality than misandry, and that is why it generates more outrage. Also, I have to point out that plenty of women have to put up with an awful lot that doesn’t make it into the papers! Reply Link Anonymous 23 May 2014 at 11:49 Simple fact is that if he’d made similar comments on the grounds of someone’s race or sexuality etc, he’d be out if DLA quicker than you can say the words “profit share”. The Equality Act 2010 doesn’t discriminate between protected characteristics so why does DLA? As an in house lawyer who uses DLA, I am extremely disappointed and quite pleased we’re out to re-tender soon. Reply Link Anonymous 27 May 2014 at 14:12 Crude sexual banter is not necessarily synonymous with sexism. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.