Follett Stock managing partner accused of bullying female solicitor

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  • If you find yourself working in such an environment, and I am, then these are not issues that you can discuss to try and resolve with the partners as you are dealing with such unreasonable employers, you cannot raise a grievance it is a total waste of time and I have seen staff in tears. Any employer worth their salt wil treat staff the same way as they would treat a client they are equally important. Banish these bulies for good.

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  • How often does he use this card 'please let me off I am disabled'. This overall behaviour seems very odd indeed. I suppose all other behaviour will be brought forward by any previous employees who are either on linguards side or not !

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  • Maybe having failed to diarise and submit his defence correctly he should be sacked for gross incompetence - and his wife sacked for inappropriate text correspondence....

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  • If the text message was sent, presumably the claimant kept it. If so, doesn't look good for the firm - hard to think how it can possibly be justified. I think the comments about 'playing the disability card' are unfair and do their makers no credit. It's a valid point to say that he is alert to issues of discrimination because of his disability (presumably he means that he has been discriminated against). It's not a legal defence of course but I doubt that is what they mean. Still, don't think I'd like to work there.

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  • The firm has openly made a potentially defamatory statement about her. As one person has already commented, she now has no option but to prosecute her claim (and maybe another) to try and clear her name. In my view, even if the comment were true, it was an unsatisfactory reaction.
    This does not reflect well on any one involved and as a solicitor makes me wince.

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  • It seems that one of the reasons for her dismissal was failing to diarise a court hearing "correclty". This could mean anything. Either she diarised the hearing or she didn't.

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  • I know this firm fairly well and have met the managing partner on a number of occassions.
    He never struck me as the sort to treat the ladies bad, but I did notice that his workforce currently consists of a number of very attractive women.

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  • I read the reports about this ET case with interest and sadly, I am not surprised. I work in a firm that was taken to an ET and we all expected details to be leaked to the press and if they had been, they would have blown this case out of the water. I experience bullying, sexual impropriety, humiliation and foul language on a daily basis. The senior partner thinks its funny to send racial/sexual emails to us, especially when he has been drinking, I save them all, such is his confidence in his position so high above the law, he cant see how out of line and criminal he is. The partners are married and have no shame, you don't want to know. We are often told if we want new equipment or at least equipment that works, we are taking food from the mouths of their equally tedious children and so the answer is no. I wish this lady much strength and good luck in her case and for taking them on.

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  • Anon 11 Jan 9:34pm - I work in a fairly mild-mannered law firm and am also told that I am "one big walking overhead" and constantly berated for asking for a marketing budet because the equities have "mortgages to pay, you know". That's just life at a law firm. It is not in any way unusual. I have had books thrown at me, been called the C word, irritated a senior partner until a vein on his forehead burst and blood trickled down his cheek. And I am male and 6ft 4". Oh, and this is a "nice" place to work. This sort of stuff happens. The law is not a profession for the mild-mannered. Whilst I understand that sometimes behaviour does cross the line, you shouldn't take part in a rugby match to complain that you "got hurt". If you get what I mean.

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  • There is no excuse for bullying which does seem to be a recurring theme within the legal profession. Folks who work in other professions do not have to put up with it so why do lawyers? Also being civil and polite gets you much further in life than being aggressive - lawyer or not. Is that why the government never listens to the legal profession?
    By the way, the last time I had a book thrown at me was by my schoolteacher - about 30 years ago.

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