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Regulator ends probe into alleged sexual harassment by ex-Reed Smith partner

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Unnamed lawyer dismissed by the firm in 2017 following complaints from two trainees

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has closed its investigation into alleged sexual harassment by a former partner at Reed Smith without any action being taken, it confirmed this morning.

It emerged last November that the global outfit had dismissed a partner in its London office following a complaint of sexual harassment reportedly made by a female trainee. At the time, a spokesperson for Reed Smith stressed it had taken “swift and appropriate action” as soon as it became aware of “the incident”.

It subsequently came to light that there was a second alleged victim who went on to take legal action against Reed Smith over its handling of the internal investigation.

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The partner, who hasn’t been named, left in late 2017 and is now understood to be working at another firm.

“We have looked at all the available information and decided to close the matter with no further action,” a spokesperson for the SRA said. “If further information is made available, we can look again at the issues.”

A Reed Smith spokesperson said:

“It would not be appropriate to comment save to say that we are committed to providing a positive and professional workplace for all our people. The safety and well-being of all of our colleagues are hugely important to us and we will always take swift and appropriate action where that is needed.”

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13 Comments

Anonymous

This is all getting a bit too like Salem for me …

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Anonymous

There should be a probe into Reed smith’s salary

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Ashbek

Salary has nothing to do with sexual harassment

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Anonymous

Why? Top US phat whack dolla

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Anonymous

Poor chap.

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Anonymous

So many of these claims turn out to be false accusations.

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Anonymous

Why hasn’t the partner been named usually a victim can be anonymous and the media would name the person,

So why was Cliff Richard named by the BBC and not this partner?

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Anonymous

The partner was the victim.

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City solicitor

We don’t know the details, but generally speaking, it certainly seems like the pendulum has swung too far the other way when it comes to how seriously accusations are taken. These days I’m reluctant to ask trainees or secretaries at my firm out. I still do from time to time as I can’t help myself but you have to be very, very careful.

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Anonymous

Why would you want to ask out someone at your own firm? This is so depressing.

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City solicitor

As I said, I can’t help myself. I have tried following Matthew Mcconaughey’s advice in the Wolf of Wall Street but that made things even worse.

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Anonymous

Exactly, especially if you haven’t done anything wrong.

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Anonymous

Reed Smith should apologise to the ex-partner.

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