A firm which allowed a trainee to accuse opposing solicitors of behaving like imbeciles has been reprimanded by a judge.
In a copyright dispute between a bike designer and the Rich Energy Haas Formula 1 team over a natty stag's head logo, Brandsmiths solicitors replied to a disclosure request from the other side, "This is quite frankly an imbecilic request by you."
"UP YOURS sincerely,
"I do not believe I should let that pass without comment", said Her Honour Judge Melissa Clarke in her ruling. "I do not consider that there are any circumstances in which one solicitor in the course of his professional duties should accuse another in writing of making imbecilic requests".
"That language is far removed from the professional courtesy which solicitors are expected to show each other and those they deal with", she added.
The letter was reputed to have been drafted by a trainee. "The fact that it was sent in this form suggests a failure by the supervising solicitor properly to supervise", said the judge.
When Bandsmiths' steaming trainee did honour the disclosure request, it was done with "a great deal of harrumphing", said the judge. They sent a letter which accused the claimant's solicitors of taking an "increasingly untenable" position which amounted to "a final 'roll of the dice'". "Your scattergun approach of throwing as much mud at our clients in a hope that something sticks", continued the letter, "is completely inappropriate".
The firm did not respond to to RollOnFriday's imbecilic request for comment.