Web week

The Lawyer’s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer.com.

• Crime & No Punishment

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a thorny issue everywhere. Except in Russia, it would appear, where according to The Daily Telegraph (www.telegraph.co.uk) a judge has thrown out a sexual harassment case with the immortal words: “If we had no sexual harassment, we would have no children.”

Only two women have won sexual harassment cases in Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union – one in 1993 and the other in 1997.
According to a recent Russian survey, 100 per cent of female ­respondents said they had been sexually harassed in the workplace. Perhaps a certain unemployed ­associate (see story, The Back Page) should be seeking a job in Moscow?

• Zealot appellate

A new doomsday cult is born every minute, it seems, but never within the confines of a law firm.

Legal marketing blog What About Clients (www.whataboutclients. com) seems committed to breaking that duck with a focus on client service so extreme it sounds like some kind of spiritual preaching.

In a blog post entitled ‘All hat, no cattle’ – which presumably means ­something like ‘all mouth and no trousers’ – the site rails against the modern firm’s indifference to client service.

It reads: “Clients want something more. You have to figure out what that is. And then everyone in your shop – yes, everyone – has to buy into client service like a cult, like a re­ligion, like an angry sermon that took them out of their pews at The Church of the Final Thunder.”

Things have certainly moved on from the days when the occasional round of golf was enough to keep clients onside.