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Baker McKenzie chief goes on leave due to exhaustion

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Firm’s global chair Paul Rawlinson follows doctor’s advice to take a break

Paul Rawlinson (@MrPaulRawlinson)

The head of global law firm Baker McKenzie has taken temporary leave following advice from his doctor in response to “medical issues caused by exhaustion”.

Paul Rawlinson, who has served as the firm’s global chair for the last two years, will take, according to a statement from Baker McKenzie today, “a step back from firm leadership and client responsibilities to make his health and recovery his immediate priority”.

Jaime Trujillo will cover Rawlinson’s role in the meantime.

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Rawlinson is an intellectual property lawyer by background, and previously led Bakers’ global IP practice from 2004 to 2010. The Kent University law graduate also did a spell as London managing partner between 2013 and 2016.

Bakers has been in the news lately after it admitted that there were a number of “shortcomings” in the way it handled a historic allegation of sexual misconduct against one of its now-former partners.

On a more positive note, the firm won recent plaudits for relaxing its dress code to allow jeans in the office, and retained all 14 of its latest batch of qualifying trainees (albeit with one taking a fixed term contract).

Bakers’ statement added:

“Everyone at Baker McKenzie sends best wishes to Paul and his family for a quick and full recovery, and we look forward to welcoming him back soon.”

The firm is one of eight signatories to the Mindful Business charter, a pledge to change avoidable working practices that can cause mental health issues for lawyers.

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38 Comments

Anonymous

Brothers, sisters!!

We need to end the long hours culture of exploitative late capitalism!

VOTE CORBYN FOR A FOUR DAY WEEK!!

FOR THE MANY, NOT THE FEW!!!!

Anonymous

Is that you Paul?

Paul

No way am I this much of a loser.

LordBogWash

I agree. One of the most unproductive countries in the G7 needs a 4 day weekend for a good rest!

Anonymous

An easy way to increase productivity is to reduce hours. (Productivity = output/time)

NPC2346882323487

Workplace misconduct bad. Baker McKenzie bad. Mental health awareness good. Give updoots now.

Anonymous

This has only been going on for a day and I’m already sick of it.

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Anonymous

Yup, yawn. Terrible banter.

Anonymous

Fuck off with your shyte banter you flog

Grudges

Lord NPC QC

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THEN Brexit bad, sir!

Anonymous

“Bakers has been in the news lately after it admitted that there were a number of “shortcomings” in the way it handled a historic allegation of sexual misconduct against one of its now-former partners.

On a more positive note, the firm won recent plaudits for relaxing its dress code to allow jeans in the office, and retained all 14 of its latest batch of qualifying trainees (albeit with one taking a fixed term contract).”

Imagine trying to imply an equivalence between these.

Anonymous

Utter madness…

BM Partner

We also allow staff not to wear jeans, actually.

Anonymous

What was the allegation?

Anonymous

Depends on the allegation I suppose.

Anonymous

Hey man don’t understate the significance of jeans in the office

Anonymous

“quick”, “full” and “soon” or alternatively “pull yourself together and be smartish about it”

Anonymous

We still want to decisively know from last week if it was these guys, the Canary Wharf guys, or neither.

Anonymous

Bakers. Decisively.

Sad Ashurst Trainee

3 months today without sex. Welp.

US firm masturbater

Get on the wank wagon bro, works wonders for me

Anonymous

I’d probably consider having sex with you for circa £1000

Jones Day Senior Associate

Hi-di-hi

NPC8663

The only solution is to increase diversity at partnership level and understand that women are always to be believed.

Anonymous

This is excellent.

Anonymous

Loool go Durham

NPC 1883

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Really, what’s the problem? All we are suggesting is that the solution is more diversity and to believe women all the time. What’s not to like?

NPC 1883

And frankly if it goes on like this you’re going to force us to start having some kind of internal monologue.

And I don’t think you want that.

I don’t think you want that at all.

And neither do we.

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Anonymous

Weak.

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Anonymous

And yet they send trainees an email asking them to justify their inability to work all weekend…

Anonymous

Is that actually a thing??

Jesus, I’m so glad I went the boutique firm route. Standard City pay (well… mid-tier international firm level, but nothing crazy like this American firms) and yah the odd 11-12 hour day but no work mobiles and they lock the office doors over the weekend!

Oh, and no mandatory finance seat that I couldn’t give a flying f*** about.

Anonymous

Hardly surprising. Too much stress, hassle and worry. Give it up and do something mildly worthwhile and stress-free.

Anon

I feel sorry for the guy

Anonymous

Lots of people losing their jobs at Baker McKenzie, and partners getting bigger bonuses. Yeah I can see why Paul has bad health.

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