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Trainee lawyers require protection from bullying bosses

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  • As a training principal, I think that cases of bullying should be raised not just with the Law Society but with the SRA. It is "conduct unbefitting" to treat any human being in the way that some trainees are treated.

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  • I absolutely agree. Trainee lawyers are vulnerable and they need and deserve maximum protection against abuse, mistreatment and bullying etc.

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  • I think this shows just how ineffective the HR department is. Will HR really go against a partner of a firm? I doubt it. Unfortunately trainee lawyers are left to sort things out by themselves.

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  • I can only speak from personal experience but I don't recognise the scenarios written in this article (many of which appear to derive from criminal firms, whose trainee salaries alone are the real scandal).

    To be frank, whilst you encounter the odd prat of a partner, 9 times out of 10 the trainees struggling in the situations described above are either too soft to stand up for themselves or are simply too slow at the job and hence cannot ever clear their backlog of work.

    As for the racist/sexist accusations - absolutely disgraceful if true, but anybody who puts up with that nonsense needs to re-evaluate why they're willing to put themselves through it. Such instances should be reported to the police, not just the SRA; the job be damned.

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