Former Biglaw Managing Accomplice Blames Alcohol For Sexual Misconduct
Gary Senior is the previous London Managing Accomplice at Baker McKenzie, and he’s embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal. He’s already admitted he acted inappropriately with a junior affiliate in 2012, however the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal is conducting hearings over the alleged sexual harassment investigation.
The prosecution within the case says that within the incident in query, Senior was “looking for to provoke intimate exercise” with a junior affiliate which he was able of “authority and accountability over.” They went on to notice Senior “knowingly precipitated [the junior associate] to be alone with him and instructed her he was interested in her” and “tried to embrace and kiss” her and that Senior “endured in stated conduct regardless of [the junior associate] indicating that such conduct was not applicable.”
Throughout testimony this week within the tribunal, Senior was questioned and stated that if he wasn’t ingesting throughout on the 2012 evening in query, the incident would “in all probability by no means have occurred.” He additionally stated he “operated within the ingesting tradition that you simply discover in all large legislation companies,” and that there are “many examples of companions prepared to drink late into the evening with every kind of staff.” He went on, “I’ve executed extra of that than I ought to have executed as managing accomplice and understand that’s an error on my half,” he stated, “and the evening [of the alleged incident] was an instance of that.” And as reported by Regulation.com, the agency tried to limit Senior’s alcohol consumption going ahead, although precisely how they did that was unclear.
Baker McKenzie in addition to the previous head of human sources, Martin Blackburn, and former litigation accomplice Tom Cassels are alleged to have allowed Senior to exert affect over the agency’s inside investigation. The hearings are ongoing.
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