A barrister is taking his former employer to a tribunal after losing his job for spanking a fellow employee.

Robert Jones was an employed barrister at boutique firm LEXLAW until June last year. Some time before leaving the firm Jones spanked his colleague (Jones asked that we not name her) over the desk of a LEXLAW's partner who was busy in court. The pair also exchanged messages containing BDSM sex contracts, stipulating preferences, limits, safe words and the like.

Jones, who was entirely sanguine about the events and happy to be named, told RollOnFriday that he handed in his notice after a salary dispute on Friday 6th June 2017. On the Sunday LEXLAW's Managing Director emailed him to ask if he would reconsider his decision. Jones said he would not. On the Monday he was told that he would be suspended as a result of his bringing his hobby to work. Jones said that the events complained of by the firm occurred long before his resignation, and that they were simply raised so that LEXLAW wouldn't have to pay him for his notice period.

Some people would be too embarrassed about their sexual predelictions being made public to take matters further. Not Jones, who did a Max Mosley and went after the firm. He's no slouch - whilst an undergraduate at Cambridge he was awarded the Tyson medal for mathematical astrophysics - and has already notched up three preliminary hearings. The final hearing is listed for 16th-27th July.
 

    Jones. Giving LEXLAW a spanking.


Jones said that the correspondence between himself and his paramour was on personal email, and that he had complained to the Information Commissioner's Office. He added that he believed  that his colleague's claim against LEXLAW had just settled.

LEXLAW said "we can confirm that inappropriate workplace activities took place last year when a senior barrister sent a sexual contract to a very junior employee. In order to avoid damaging the reputations of these former members of staff we decline to make any comment other than to state that the activities that took place are as unacceptable in our workplace as they would no doubt be in any workplace."

Jones said "I regret that my employment with LEXLAW has ended so acrimoniously, despite my efforts to the contrary.

I had a consensual BDSM relationship with another employee, which included one brief incident in private on work premises several months before the disciplinary proceedings. I was appalled to find out that my employer was monitoring my personal communications over a period of at least several months and the ICO have confirmed that this is unlikely to have complied with the requirements of the Data Protection Act.

I believe that the disciplinary proceedings were brought against me as retaliation for my having handed in notice following a disagreement over salary and not as a result of the much earlier incident.

The final hearing is due to start on 16 July 2018 and I expect to be vindicated by the tribuna
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Comments

Anonymous 27 April 18 09:16

Kudos for not being kink-shamed I guess, but...wow.

Anonymous 27 April 18 09:50

Fair play to him.

Am I the only one wondering about the 'sexual contract'... maybe I'm too meat'n'potatoes?

Anonymous 27 April 18 10:09

What an absolute legend. Hats off to him.

Roll On Friday 27 April 18 10:42

Pretty cool to be so open and sanguine (as you say) about it, but looks like a serial killer.

Anonymous 27 April 18 11:23

That’s an incredibly long hearing for an argument about his notice pay (how much was it to make this worthwhile...). Must be more to this than you have reported?

Anonymous 27 April 18 11:31

From his ClerksRoom profile "When he is not working Robert enjoys running, opera and strategy games." I don't believe there's that much strategy needed when your sub is suitably restrained.

Anonymous 27 April 18 13:23

strategy games - guess who was Dungeon Master?

Anonymous 27 April 18 13:34

Absolute lad, I'm surprised Jones Day haven't headhunted him for managing partner yet

Anonymous 27 April 18 14:17

looks like Michael gove. wonder if there is a family connection.

Anonymous 27 April 18 14:22

@ 10.23 I thought that too. The only other explanation is that he has got permission to call a shed load of witnesses. Should be an interesting hearing.

Anonymous 27 April 18 14:37

Always the quiet ones, innit?

You should see him a stag do. Says nothing for 8 hours then before you know it he's done Boris Becker in the broom cupboard, emptied his guts all over a taxi and punched a copper. Epic random ladz bantz.

Anonymous 27 April 18 15:10

I hope he dominates LEXLAW in the tribunal. What an absolute champ.

Anonymous 27 April 18 17:50

What on earth is a sex contract? The clause on workplace performance of the sex contract needs to reviewed!!

Anonymous 27 April 18 18:47

Hilarious, hope this sexy chap doesnt go the same way as Max Mosley does: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ch6tTpX-3HM

Anonymous 28 April 18 10:04

Spanking a junior employee over a desk?! Surely one for the BSB ...

Anonymous 01 May 18 17:51

the sun put this on their front page! Well done ROF.

Anonymous 02 May 18 10:36

Did they have a whip-round when he left?

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