A sacked staffer admires the car up close. How it might have looked.
A Baines Wilson partner enraged sacked support staff, by turning up to work in a flashy new sports car, RollOnFriday has been told.
Knights purchased Baines Wilson in June. As RollOnFriday reported back then, the firm's founder John Wilson, who was serving as a consultant at the time of the sale, wasn’t impressed with the cull of staff that followed the sale.
A source has now told RollOnFriday that an employment partner at Baines Wilson who had signed off on the sale, “sold up” and showed off the money he had pocketed as he “rolled into work in a newly purchased bright orange McLaren sports car," which "needless to say” went down “like a truly golden turd.”
RollOnFriday contacted Knights, but the firm declined to comment.
As previously reported, John Wilson had said in a LinkedIn post that he was "particularly saddened that all the support staff" were made redundant. Including his wife. “This is very much NOT how I hoped things would work out – but it has,” he said.
“First thing they do - lay all support people off. Nice touch”, said a source, shortly after Knights acquired Baines Wilson. A Knights spokesperson said at the time that "due to the duplication of support staff roles" there had been "a reduction in those roles following the acquisition".
Partners splashing their cash on expensive cars is not uncommon at law firms; but to turn up to work in a new, showy sports car when you've just shafted your staff seems to be tactless.
It's not the first time something like this has happened in the legal world: when Hill Dickinson won the Golden Turd in 2016 several staff described the unfortunate contrast of senior management buying "some very expensive cars" a fortnight before announcing more job cuts, with one suggesting, "They live on a different planet". Although Hill Dicks seems to have cleaned up its act since then and managed to avoid winning the Golden Turd again.