Gary Senior: Attempted kiss was serious professional misconduct – Law Gazette

Baker McKenzie’s former London managing accomplice dedicated severe skilled misconduct when he tried to embrace and kiss a junior affiliate in 2012, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has discovered. Allegations in opposition to the agency itself and two different senior figures had been discovered not proved.

Giving its verdict this morning, the tribunal discovered that Gary Senior dedicated severe skilled misconduct by behaving in an inappropriate method in direction of ‘Particular person A’ when he was able of seniority. It additionally discovered that Senior improperly sought, by motive of his place of seniority inside the agency, to affect the investigation. 

The tribunal mentioned the findings arose from the ‘specific factual matrix’ of the case.

The third allegation – that Senior failed promptly or in any respect to report his conduct to the Solicitors Regulation Authority – was discovered not proved to the requisite commonplace.

All allegations in opposition to the agency, former accomplice Thomas Cassels and former HR director Martin Blackburn had been discovered not proved.

The tribunal mentioned Cassels ‘dedicated an error of judgment within the method during which the investigation [into Senior] was carried out’ however discovered no conduct by him that amounted to skilled misconduct.

On Blackburn, the tribunal mentioned the proof made it clear the previous HR head was not a decision-maker in respect of the investigation into Senior’s conduct.

Blackburn, Cassels and Baker McKenzie had been accused by the SRA of permitting Senior to improperly affect or search to affect the investigation by motive of his place of seniority inside the agency.

A spokesperson for Baker McKenzie mentioned: ‘The agency has co-operated totally with the SRA all through this course of. We’re happy that no discovering {of professional} misconduct has been made in opposition to Baker McKenzie.

‘We’re a special agency from a decade in the past with new management, an enhanced function and a dedication to range and inclusion. That is mirrored by the actions we have now taken and insurance policies we have now launched that make sure that all of our individuals, no matter seniority, really feel empowered to name out improper or inappropriate behaviour.

‘Following this incident, we have now additionally enhanced our inside insurance policies, together with round company governance. One thing like this must not ever occur once more.’

Gary Senior mentioned: ‘I bitterly remorse what occurred in 2012. The matter was not lined up by the agency in 2012. An investigation was carried out by the agency involving a variety of senior companions. On the time I believed I behaved appropriately in that investigation whereas cooperating with them and no remark on the contrary was made to me by these conducting the method. I can’t make any additional remark till I’ve studied the tribunal’s causes for deciding as they’ve, as they didn’t give any causes for his or her resolution at this time.’

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