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Shoosmiths lawyer deemed offensive

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  • Andy Ballard aka Anton du Beke!!

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  • Shoosmiths states in its our culture and corporate responsibility sections of its website, "we have zero tolerance for arrogance.....". "......actively promote equality of opportunity."

    Will Shoosmiths' senior management take a zero tolerance to Mr Ballard's comments which is both unlawful and disrespectful to colleagues and clients.

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  • You humourless, sad people!

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  • What a sad world we live in that someone who is clearly over 50 can't poke fun at a sterotype...I thought lawyers were supposed to be intellegent and enjoy satire...

    There are more important and appropriate things to be offended by...please get a life.

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  • I am sure Mr Goff could offer to support him in more practical ways during the fall out from this!

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  • Well there is poking fun at a stereotyoe and then there is denigrating a profitable client group. Good work...

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  • As Ballard looks well over 50 himself surely he is doing himself out of a job?

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  • If only other Lawyers were like Andy the profession would be a better place. Get a grip fellow lawyers the guy was having a laugh. It never fails to amaze me what people find to rubbish big hitters. Before you say it, I work for a competitor and guys like Andy will always be welcome. Wake up and smell the coffee

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  • "...the guy was having a laugh."
    How many times has an Employment Tribunal heard that excuse?
    Surely any comment (joke or not) that is of a discriminative nature is wholly unacceptable.
    Mr Ballard's comment has clearly caused offence to some in the profession and to at least one of his clients. Great way to lose your standing and clients.

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  • "....guys like Andy will always be welcome."
    Political correctness gone made postie, must note from the article and the comments posted that Mr Ballard will not be welcome by some of his colleagues and clients.
    Are the supporting comments posted from Shoosmiths "deferred" (without payment) trainees?! Surely Mr Goff and his crew have not been drafted in to defend the indefensible!! Pure PR disaster.

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