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Male Colleagues Nicknamed Me ‘Tiny Tits’, Says Ex-Clifford Chance Intern Who ‘Trained As a Lawyer In London’

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Officially, City law firms are beacons of post-sexism enlightenment. In private, though, you hear all sorts of stories…

Occasionally one of these stories creeps into print.

Yesterday an article (£) about French people in London featuring Clifford Chance intern-turned fashion blogger Camille Charrière (pictured) appeared in the Sunday Times. Here’s the relevant passage:

Charrière lives and works here, and has an English boyfriend, but she plans to go back to France one day. She first trained as a lawyer in London and worked in the City, but hated it. Male colleagues nicknamed her “Tiny Tits”, and she found the post-work drinking culture hard to keep up with.

However, there is confusion about where all this happened. The Linkedin profile of Charrière, 24, a graduate of Kent University, contains no mention of any legal training she has undergone in London, with the two month internship she completed at Clifford Chance taking place at the firm’s Paris office.

According to Linkedin, Charrière did work in London for West End-based asset management firm LNG Capital as an “operations assistant” and “business development manager” (a position she apparently still holds), but there is no mention of any legal role.

So did Charrière actually train as a lawyer in London? And where did she acquire the “Tiny Tits” nickname? It’s all a bit of a mystery…

For followers of fashion, Charrière’s blog is here.

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Camille

Dear Alex,

I am said law graduate (I studied law for 5 years at Paris X and for a year at Kent Univeristy), and just to clear things up, the reason I came to London was to work outside of law for a year, in finance as it so happens, until I was ready to take my bar exam (back in Paris). I never worked at a law firm in London, and was only a summer intern at Paris branch of Clifford Chance a couple of years ago (where I was not subject to any inappropriate banter, that I can assure). I think you need to make it clear in your article that I was not referring to my work at any law firm, either in Paris or in London. On the other hand, I am fairly sure that this kind of ‘office joke’ happens a lot, and across all industries, law included. In my case though, it was in the financial world, and I think it did not help that I worked in a male-only environment. Being the only girl sure does not incite the men to keep their tong in check.
For the record, I no longer work in finance, and am training to be a journalist.

Camille

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Anon

“Being the only girl sure does not incite the men to keep their tong in check.”

I’ve never heard it called a “tong” before

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