Travers Smith strongly criticised in pregnancy discrimination case
24 May 2013
A former Travers Smith trainee has won a discrimination case against her firm.
Katie Tantum, who discovered she was pregnant during her final seat in real
estate, took Travers Smith to an employment tribunal when she wasn't offered
a NQ position. Tantum was one of
three trainees who were not retained out of the 22-strong intake.
She claimed that when she told her line manager she was pregnant, the firm "stopped bothering
" with her.
||Too much real estate for Travers Smith
During the hearing it emerged that real estate partner Julian Bass and litigation partner Andrew King agreed to reduce the number of NQ openings in the real estate
department from two to one, after
learning that Tantum was pregnant. The tribunal called the manoeuvre a "device
avoid giving Tantum a job, dismissed Bass' explanation at the time as "a
" and ruled that the Travers partners were "prepared to discriminate
because of pregnancy
The tribunal has ordered partners and senior staff at the firm to undergo
A spokesman for Travers stood by the pair, saying “we have
complete confidence in the integrity and professionalism of Andrew and Julian,
built up over their many years at the firm. None of our discussions with either
of them in relation to any aspect of this case has changed that
the firm admitted that it would be "taking the opportunity to review the transparency of our approach to trainee qualification