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

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  • Why on earth did Nicola Bridge give a statement??

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  • With lawyers leaving SJ Berwin in droves, perhaps they were genuinely in need of her photocopying assistance overnight...?

    Maybe if they ran vac schemes all year round, they could afford to let even more support staff go too.

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  • How much did SJB bill her out for?

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  • What's the relevance of "she willingly worked with a female colleague"?

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  • @Anonymous 3:49pm

    Presumably this information rebuts the presumption that she was forced to work by a gang of male colleagues, who had chained her to the desk.

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  • I'm with a large U.S. firm and our summer associates would view the chance to work on an important project as an opportunity. Summer associates should be treated as colleagues and do what is necessary to get the job done for the client.

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  • Wait..who's the cheerleader? Nicola right?

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  • Commitment, determination, team player, hard worker, keen to get involved...hello, training contract...

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  • Am currently on maternity leave and reading this story and the comments has reminded me of the craziness of working in law. Frankly, anyone who describes working til 5am as "exciting" or an "opportunity" deserves to be shot.
    Really looking forward to coming back to work now. Cheers.

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  • Well I can't say I'm surprised that such a faux pas has occurred. It is clear that these days it is expected by the big corporate firms in London to work long into the night and into next morning. If it wasn't "expected", she would have been asked rather than told.
    However, if she was willing then fair play to her and I hope she was offered a TC!

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