They never covered this on the LPC.
A trainee solicitor at Trowers & Hamlins was assaulted this week after the firm sent him to serve notices on squatters in Hackney unaccompanied and after-dark, RollOnFriday understands.
Emails obtained by RollOnFriday show that a solicitor based in the firm's Birmingham office contacted all the Trowers trainees on Wednesday afternoon asking if anyone in London would be "willing to hop in a taxi" to East London that evening "and post a copy of the documents through the letterbox or see if you can get anyone to answer the door to hand the copies of the bundles to?"
Trainees were told they would also have to tape copies of the notices to the front doors of the four properties which the “trespassers” had occupied.
The supervising solicitor appeared to recognise that a bailiff would ordinarily deal with the matter, asking for a trainee to "let me know if you are available asap otherwise we need to contact a process server". However, the email does not mention any potential risks.
On Wednesday evening the first seat trainee who volunteered for the job was abused, attacked and chased when he attempted to carry out his task, RollOnFriday understands.
Sources described their shock that Trowers had blithely dispatched one of its most junior lawyers to a volatile situation with instructions guaranteed to make it more hazardous.
"He was assaulted, harassed and followed" because Trowers "sent him there unaccompanied, in the dark and with no guidance, let alone supervision", said an insider.
The next day Lucy James, a Trowers & Hamlins partner and the firm's training principal, sent the trainees an email in which she appeared to recognise that something had gone dreadfully wrong.
"As you may be aware, there was an incident yesterday evening with a trainee who was instructed to serve some papers", she wrote on Thursday.
"Whilst the trainee involved is fine, that task is not one that they should have been asked to undertake", she said.
It is not hard to imagine the galactic bollocking the Brum office's real estate team received when partners discovered it had sent a besuited Tristan (not his real name) to evict a bunch of furious anarchists, with no training or assistance whatsoever, instead of a massive bailiff with a shaved head.
James said in her email, "The safety and wellbeing of all our employees is paramount and we are taking appropriate steps to ensure something like this does not happen again".
"If any of you are asked to do something which you have concerns about, please do not hesitate to bring it to our attention", she added in her message to the trainees.
The firm has been contacted for comment.
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