Pro bono 1, medics 0

If you think the Law Society got it wrong now and then, then check out the case brought against the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

A French porter who was called ’Basil Fawlty’ (after the hapless hotelier in the sitcom Fawlty Towers) by RCGP workmates and ’Inspector Clouseau’ (after the bumbling detective in the Pink Panther films) by his boss is set to receive a five-figure payout after succeeding in his claim at the Central London Employment Tribunal (see story) .

The Free Representation Unit acted for the French porter while Veale Wasbrough Vizards advised the RCGP.

The porter’s claim succeeded on grounds of sexual harassment and discrimination – colleagues had also made crude sexual hand gestures at him and mocked him – after his claims for unfair dismissal and racial discrimination failed. It was a rather roundabout way of succeeding in the claim, since the latter claims seemed more apt, but either way the bullying was said to have created a humiliating environment for the porter.

The porter’s claim may have taken a curious route, but it led to a result in the end. Chalk one up for pro bono.

*To see what the cream of the legal profession makes of Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget check out later today.