How to quit.
A lawyer has quit his personal injury firm in a blaze of glory, blasting his old management in an all-staff email.
RollOnFriday is not naming the lawyer, or the firm, in order to protect his quite angry identity.
"So after six years my last day has arrived", began 'JB', neutrally enough.
"Despite the way the partners and directors have chosen to act towards me since I resigned", said the lawyer, he had "too much respect for those colleagues that I admire" to go on a "social media rant".
But before the partners could breathe a sigh of relief, JB launched into a bridgeburner special.
"When you decide that it’s time to move on", he counselled his colleagues, whether it's because they "can’t cope with the stress of having nearly twice as many as the 150 files promised in your contract", or "the realisation that you don’t want to work until 11pm without pay", or "a lack of support from your supervising Partner", or "perhaps being paid considerably less than your male counterpart for the same position", then, said JB, he hoped the firm would have "more respect for you and your years of service then to wait until 5:40pm the night before payday to inform you that you’re getting paid just the national minimum wage, giving you no time or opportunity to sort out your child maintenance and direct debit payments due out the next morning".
As a "final observation", the lawyer advised the partners that "when one of your staff resigns, you really don’t have to suddenly behave in a bitter petty manner" towards them, "or stand idly by when you see them being treated in such a morally indefensible way through fear of your Managing Partner".
"Your silence this last four weeks has spoken volumes to me which is personally disappointing", said JB: "It really didn’t have to end this way."
"The little blue fob is on its way back to you with much love", he concluded.
JB is not the first lawyer at the firm to broadcast his grievances semi-publicly on the way out the door. When RollOnFriday contacted the firm for comment, its compliance partner
accepted there might be an issue with exiting staff blustered, "I am rather shocked to receive your email enclosing a confidential internal staff email", and said it was sad that JB felt that way "clearly a Data Breach by you to use it which is potentially reportable to the ICO", and that most staff had a positive experience at the firm "We do not consent to you holding any data about us", adding that nonetheless they were committed to addressing any staff concerns "You have improperly obtained it and should destroy it".