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Barrister fired from London firm after exchanging sex contracts with colleague and spanking her on partner’s desk takes ex-employer to tribunal

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Cambridge grad claims unfair dismissal

A barrister formerly employed by a London law firm is taking the outfit to an employment tribunal, claiming unfair dismissal, after he was fired for spanking a “very junior employee” on a partner’s desk, it has been reported. Robert Jones, 40, has instructed Slater and Gordon to represent him and the final hearing is listed for 16-27 July.

Jones was from autumn 2012 to summer 2017 employed at LEXLAW, a law firm based in Middle Temple. Jones had specialised in financial services litigation, corporate insolvency and general litigation while there.

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Also during his time at LEXLAW, Jones had “a consensual BDSM relationship with another employee”, he told legal blog RollOnFriday, “which included one brief incident in private on work premises” where he spanked a colleague on a partner’s desk while the partner was in court. The pair also reportedly swapped “sex contracts” via email, which contained preferences, limits and safe words. LEXLAW said:

“We can confirm that inappropriate workplace activities took place last year when a senior barrister sent a sexual contract to a very junior employee. In order to avoid damaging the reputations of these former members of staff we decline to make any comment other than to state that the activities that took place are as unacceptable in our workplace as they would no doubt be in any workplace.”

Jones, a Cambridge graduate, later handed in his notice to the firm following a salary dispute, he says. The legal blog reports that days after, Jones was told he would be suspended for his earlier conduct. He believes this happened so LEXLAW wouldn’t need to pay him during the notice period. He also thinks the firm breached data protection laws by accessing his private emails.

According to Jones’ LinkedIn profile, he was a first six pupil at Enterprise Chambers in 2006-7 then completed his second six at 9 Stone Buildings.

Jones, who studied maths at Cambridge before converting to law, now works as a self-employed barrister at Clerksroom. When approached by Legal Cheek, Jones declined to comment.

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K&E rat (a kind one)

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The Brown Knight

sly brag there mate – 8/10

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K&E rat (a kind one)

Word ‘pervert’ apparantly breaches Legal Cheek’s comments policy 😀 Oh dear…

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Anonymous

No, it’s the suggestion that Cambridge may be populated by them that caused consternation.

Ditto spies and traitors…

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Anonymous

This guy is earmarked for managing partner at a certain firm that sounds like my name

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s.32 Salmon Act 1986

It is a struggle to keep up with the Joneses from Day to Day…

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Anonymous

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Knobert

And what’s wrong with a little spanky-wanky if said bottom is padded?

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Anonymous

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Papa Shango’s Pronunciation Guide

It’s not “Robert Jones”

It’s

“Knobert Bones”

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Anonymous

the fugly ones are usually the kinkiest

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Belinda

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Anonymous

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A trust fund with a trust fund

Being a volunteer schoolteacher isn’t posh

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Trumpenkriegfinder General

Sex contracts ? That’s just beyond bizarre. WTAF ??

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Anonymous

They discussed and agreed each other’s preferences and limits? OMG, what kind of sickos would do that?

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Trumpenkriegfinder General

I think a discussion is fair enough but you think this is something to commit to written formalities ? Maybe go the whole hog eh and draw up a fucking deed !?

It’s true what they say about most lawyers innit. Just fking weird..

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Anonymous

Let’s be completely honest here… a sex deed sounds exponentially better than a marriage certificate.

Sign me up.

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Anonymous

hahahahahahahahaha, brilliant.

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Anonymous

I think they thought they were in 50 Shades of Grey.

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Anonymous

More like 50 shades of no pay.

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Anonymous

😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆

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Anonymous

I don’t really see what he has done wrong?

Of course he would want to document what was agreed in the context of modern stories of false allegations. It seems like the repercussions of the #metoo campaign are appearing and it is shameful that this poor barrister is being punished for trying to protect his position.

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Anonymous

I think it’s probably the bit where he spanked his colleague on a partner’s desk

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Anonymous

I don’t see a problem.

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The Brown Knight

I don’t understand what is wrong with spanking over the desk?

My boyfriend and I do that in the gentleman’s robing room at the rcj regularly. We love it lol

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

“Very junior employee” – what does this mean and why is it relevant?

Kind of implies that it would have been fine if it was a partner.

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A trust fund with a trust fund

I guess that’s one way to react to a negative performance review

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Very Junior Employee

I’m a naughty girl and I need a spankin’!

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Cathy Specific

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Anonymous

What, partaking in BDSM in the work place?

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Anonymous

It is not clear to me….did the resignation prompt an it trawl ?

Did the lady tell on him ?

Did the partner somehow find out.

It is not clear how this private occasion got outed.

Don’t get caught because if you do, you become a job creation scheme 🙂

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Very Junior Employee

“Did the lady tell on him ?”

It wasn’t a lady.

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A trust fund with a trust fund

So Alex is employed by a solicitor firm now? I think not!!

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Austin Powers

It’s a man, man!

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Judge Mental

What a couple of muppets. EVERYBODY knows that the boss has access to your emails it’s in your contract.

Top tip kids: treat an email like a postcard. If you wouldn’t put in on a postcard then don’t write it in an email.

I thought barristers were meant to be bright. Lol.

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Anonymous

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Peter Pervert

Is that the one where she pees her dress because the spanky boss from Boston Legal won’t let her leave her dress?

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Peter Pervert

*desk

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

2 minutes of light entertainment for the mob; a person’s life building a career in tatters for not very much. I love the modern world but i would disinvest social media and the tabloid press.

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Kantbeserious

If you think this sounds bad you should have seen what it was like on the 2nd floor of my old chambers

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