Exclusive: Lawyer tells woman to "bore off" for criticising his gag
09 March 2018
A lawyer who specialises in discrimination cases has apologised after he made a joke about leaving his wife in the snow, and then went ballistic at the woman who questioned it.
Simon Robinson, an employment partner at Gunnercooke, offered up a collection of gags on LinkedIn as heavy snow struck the UK last week. One of his zingers was, "Since the snow came all the wife has done is look through the window. If it gets any worse, I’ll have to let her in
Ruth Cornish, the founder of HR consultancy Amelore, commented on LinkedIn that she "didn't find the joke about the wife being outside in the snow that funny
". Instead of taking a moment to appreciate that he was a partner specialising in gender discrimination in a public forum, Robinson replied "I don't care
" and called her a "humourless troll
". When she replied "Wow
", he posted, "Bore off
Cornish tweeted Robinson's response, stating that she did did not think his "level of aggression was appropriate or remotely professiona
l". Cue headless chicken time. A spokesperson for Gunner Cooke replied on Twitter that Robinson's comments "do not represent our brand in any way
". Gunner Cooke CEO Anna Beaumont dropped what she was doing and called Cornish to apologise. Robinson, presumably after the spanking of his life, posted on LinkedIn that he was "mortified
" by his "wholly unprofessional
" comments and said that he would be leaving social media.
||Robinson, then and now.
Cornish told RollOnFriday that Beaumont's swift response was commendable, but that Robinson's behaviour was "shocking
", particularly considering he was an employment lawyer. "He says he trains people on discrimination. Which aspect - how to do it?
"I've never been spoken to like that before",
she said, explaining that her approach was, "If you see something, you should point it out. That's how you change the culture. We wouldn't stand for racism, or homophobia, and we shouldn't stand for sexism
". In 2015 another lawyer, Alexander Carter-Silk, caused a ruckus on LinkedIn when he corresponded
with barrister Charlotte Proudman.
In a statement Gunnercooke said, "Simon is well known for his humorous LinkedIn exchanges and his take on making a sometimes-dry subject interesting and informative. On this occasion he took the humour too far and has since publicly apologised – it took the online discussion into topics and references which were certainly not intended. Simon has apologised to Ruth directly and the matter is now fully resolved".