The lawyer who called Liverpudlians "scouse scum" has had his partnership terminated.
Clive O'Connell, a London partner at US firm Goldberg Segalla, was interviewed by a Youtube sports channel after leaving Stamford Bridge following Chelsea's 3-1 loss to Liverpool two weeks ago. In it, he called Liverpool fans "scouse scum". In a blog seen by RollOnFriday, he also wrote that the city was "inbred" and that the Liverpool accent was "of the dole queue". After RollOnFriday asked O'Connell about his comments, he provided a comprehensive apology.
But, in an extraordinary move, the Managing Partner of Goldberg Segalla has now posted a video on Youtube announcing that the firm has terminated O'Connell's employment.
In the one minute video, uploaded on Sunday, Rick Cohen says that O'Connell's comments "are entirely inconsistent" with the firm's ethos. He does not identity the specific phrases at issue or mention Liverpool, but says that O'Connell's words, "were offensive, plain and simple". He says that the partner's conduct, "doesn't rise to the standards to which we hold ourselves". For those reasons, he says, "we have terminated our partnership with Mr O'Connell, effective immediately".
Cohen's full statement:
"Hello. My Name is Rick Cohen, I am the Managing Partner of Goldeberg Segalla. I personally recruit every lawyer in every office of this firm's footprint. I tell each of them that this firm is special because the people who join Goldberg Segalla not only need to be excellent at whatever it is they do, but they must be better human beings than they are lawyers. Our core values require that anyone affiiliated with this firm demonstrates respect for their clients, the courts, colleagues and our communities. Respect, tolerance, kindness, diversity, charity; they aren't mere words or amorphous concepts to us. We're true to those values. Clive O'Connell's comments are entirely inconsistent with our ethos. His words are offensive, plain and simple. His conduct doesn't rise to the standards to which we hold oursleves and for these reasons we have terminated our partnership with Mr O'Connell, effective immediately. We are extremely proud of the respectful and giving culture that we worked hard to build and we're committed to maintaining it for ourselves, for our clients and for our communities of which we're part. Thank you."