Exclusive: Taylor Wessing offers kisses to staff
24 June 2016
The Managing Partner of Taylor Wessing has offered kisses from his newly appointed female COO as prizes to his staff.
Tim Eyles recently gave an internal presentation which featured a video. Eyles announced to all present that whoever correctly guessed the music would get a kiss from Rachel Reid, his new female COO who had just joined from KWM. As one associate complained to RoF, "not only is this highly inappropriate, but it shows that management is comfortable with offering women as prizes
Taylor Wessing has not been doing well recently when it comes to addressing issues of female inequality within the firm. In 2014 it announced a target of having 25% female partners by 2018. At that time women made up 17% of the partnership, a figure that has since fallen to 15%. And displays of casual sexism are unlikely to encourage women to stick around.
An insider says that all of Taylor Wessing's 16 female partners in the UK are at the lower end of the equity, there are no female business group leaders, and the only women on the executive board are non-lawyers (HR Director, Partnership Secretary and the kissable COO). And a male head of a department had to step down after being caught copping off with a first seat trainee
at her welcome drinks...
No one at the firm was available to comment.