SJ Berwin was 'wrong' to ask summer student to do an all-nighter

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  • what is the relevance of the collegue she worked for being female ?
    what is the firm trying to say here ?

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  • Oh, and she wasn't working in the corporate dept by the way. Not that it should make a difference

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  • This vac student did not work an all-nighter (unless she arrived in the office at 5 a.m.). See definition below.
    "All-nighter" means working 24 hours inc admin/lunch/dinner/breakfast in or near the office from the time at which you arrive at your desk.

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  • Wow, who would have thunk it. A whole bunch of lawyers sitting around self servicing about how hard are and how they've done it, and how important they are and how the world would stop turning if they didn't work all night to keep the wheels moving.
    Get over yourselves, City law is a joke and you are nothing more than overpaid document monkeys. In fact we all are.
    So you all just keep telling yourselves how good it feels to get totally shafted night after night after allnight.

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  • Difference between being asked to stay on and given the choice to volunteer when you're trying to get a job:

    Zero.

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  • Anonymous @ 12:18pm

    I'm sure the student concerned would be mightily reassured by the fact that the 20 hours (guessing a 9am start the previous day) she worked didn't actually constitute an all-nighter! I'm with El Guiri; this isn't something that should be condoned or supported, and it's not a great advert for the profession that all-nighters (or working until dawn) is so readily accepted by everyone.

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  • I was on this vacation scheme and I can assure you that the individual in question definitely was not "in floods of tears" like one previous commenter has been misinformed. She stayed willingly and without fuss just like a number of us did in other departments when transactions were being completed and more hands were needed than usual.

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  • The suggestion that a student has any genuine option when it is so much as suggested that they do anything at all, is utterly ridiculous. I can't believe the partner tried to defend their position, vac schemers should be sent home at a decent hour. When I was on vac scheme at a top ten firm half of the fee earners nearly demanded that I go home before 7. And I highly doubt the student was offered a TC if this story has appeared. The big firms have completely disappeared into their own reputations. Vac schemers are not there to work all night, whether the partners consider it 'exciting' or not!!

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  • Anonymous @ 12.31pm

    'Thunk'? Hillbilly much?

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  • This has been blown so out of proportion. It's actually unbelievable that people are even giving this "story" the time of day. Why SJ Berwin felt the need to give a statement is beyond me - it just adds more fuel to the dwindling fire.

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