Office banter could cost business billions, says A&O report

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  • £292bn? That works out at £10,000 for every working man or woman in the country. All paid out in 2013?
    A&O might need a larger employment team to deal with all that work.

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  • Is numeracy a legally protected characteristic?

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  • To Anonymous, I doubt whether the £292bn (which is in any event a top estimate) is all damages. That figure is likely to include the legal costs of defending claims (which are normally not recoverable in the tribunal) and, in particular, the cost in management time of dealing with the claim.

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  • Yes, its highly unlikely this would all be damages. Link to the report?

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  • £292 bn is presumably only if you instruct a firm charging Allen & Overy's rates, as opposed to one providing a semblance of value for money...

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  • Looks like a mistake in A&O's press release - perhaps substituting "billion" for "million", perhaps missing a decimal point? Either way, given UK GDP is only £2,500bn, the numbers are clearly out by two or three orders of magnitude.
    Bit embarrassing!

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  • Irony being that many partners in such law firms are going to be responsible for just such 'banter'... except maybe the semi-naked calendars?

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  • Seems like an astronomical figure! FDI into China is around $60bn each year. This £292bn equals 8 years of all the FDI into China...

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  • Ah, I see the utter b*llocks season is once again upon us. Special thanks to Karen Seward for pointing out the bleeding obvious. Who on earth is this aimed at? Does A&O really think that clients that can afford its fees have HR Departments that are not alive to the issues that she raises? Or is my local garage with the semi-nakes calendar suddenly going to spend 100k on defending an ET claim with A&O?

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  • The world has gone mad.

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