Pinsent Masons faces lawsuit following trainee assault

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  • He won't win. Why should a firm be responsible for the behaviour of their staff after hours?
    Pinsents were unwise to hire this aggressive boy, he already had a conviction for affray.

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  • "Pinsent Masons prides itself on the professional codnuct of its staff, and this was an isolated incident"
    ... I beg to differ, the stories one could tell.

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  • Who dares, Wins.

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  • He seems to have forgotten about the first rule of fight club.

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  • Are you seriously suggesting that we are not allowed to flog our trainees? When did the law change?

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  • There slogan is we have a can do attitude and get results...clearly it's kill or be killed..

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  • An employer can not be responsible for actions of employees particularly away from the office. Acts not in the course of employment and even if it was not foreseeable. Hopeless on merits

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  • "Pinsents were unwise to hire this aggressive boy, he already had a conviction for affray."
    Do you have any evidence to support this?

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  • Employers have been held liable for sexual harassment at office parties, both on and off the premises.
    Be interesting to see what the law behind the case against Pinsents would be, as and when it is presented.

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  • Reference the conviction for affray, this has been widely reported in the national press.

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  • CCTV shows an unprovoked assault, from an associate who has previous.
    The assault took place at an official office party, by an associate who had a previous conviction (for assualting a trainee!!) - so you would say Pinsents had a duty to protect the trainees from this imbecile.
    I also have it on very good authority that Pinsents actually disciplined the trainee and changed their discilplinary process halfway through in order to protect the associate, allowing him to resign instead of being dismissed.

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  • Of course they could be liable. I'm not saying they will be found liable because I don't know all the facts. But what if this scenario was the case:
    The firm host a party. They provide free drinks and people can drink as much as they like. People get verty drunk. What if a partner said, "come on, let's go to a pub" - note the article said that these two left "with others" - that could include a partner or partners. What if the partner then put his credit card behind the bar and said "the bar tab's on me, keep drinking". What if the assailant was very obviously drunk and was being aggressive in the pub but no-one did or said anything and in fact continued to supply him with drinks.
    In that scenario (and I have no idea whether any of that is correct) it's not difficult to see how a court could find that the firm (through the actions of the partner/partners) materially contributed to this incident.
    The truth is that no-one on here knows the facts. The facts might suggest there is a case. Who knows?

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  • Do Pinsents have a values programme?

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  • You become a TEFL teacher when your life has gone wrong.

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  • I think trainees, on qualification, should fight an associate to the death in a gladiatorial-style battle for their job. Survival of the fittest. There can be no room for weakness. Beer optional.

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  • Very true from Alain de Botton.

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  • On the Law Society website it says Ed specialises in IT and computer law maybe it was one too many IT outsourcing contracts to review and he snapped. Always struck me as one of the most boring and intellectually unchallenging of areas of the law.

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  • Snotty comments from people who should know better.
    I'm sure there is far more to this than meets the eye and certain people commenting would do well to question any 'facts' put out there by a sensationalist rag like the Daily Mail. Thank God none of you are my lawyers.

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  • All trainee contracts should now contain a "rematch" clause.

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  • Pinsents do have a values programme. Its reads profits over people.

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