A partner at a top City firm has been targeted by neighbours for allegedly flouting social distancing guidelines. 

Video of the solicitor being escorted to her front porch after a VE day party was sent to RollOnFriday.

"She was steered back home in the early hours by two of the neighbours a bit worse for wear", said a furious source. "The footage speaks for itself. Since then her children have continued contact with the neighbours’ children on at least 3 more occasions".

The infraction was filmed from a Ring doorbell camera, and appears to show the partner walking arm-in-arm to her door with female friends, before kissing them goodnight. Outrageous.


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"Two metres?! More like 190 centimetres! GAIL, FETCH THE NOOSE!"


But the lockdown renegade wasn't exactly jetting 12,000 KM to Skye, or breaking the rules for a fruity tryst while advising the government, so RollOnFriday is not identifying her or publishing the footage.

However, the incident does illustrate how once-innocent interactions can now be weaponised by someone bearing a grudge. In April a junior lawyer was wrongly accused of holding a lockdown party. So stay alert. Readers are advised not to infringe the vaguely-defined rules without wearing a disguise, ideally a mask.

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Comments

Anonymous 22 May 20 08:40

Why the uncharacteristic coyness?  She might not have flown from NZ or strayed beyond her marriage vows, but what of it?  Almost every week you identify solicitors whose adventures are considerably less dangerous and foolish.  Those people aren't excused with an explanation that 'Well, at least they're not endangering their family and their neighbours'.  

Could your reticence actually have more to do with her being a top, top partner at a top, top firm?

commado 22 May 20 08:58

Get over yourself you witchfinding scold. In this heated atmosphere the damage to her career by naming her would far outweigh any infraction (which sounds like it was trivial).

The tabs aren't even naming footballers who are flying abroad for orgies https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11641254/mp-slam-premier-league-ace-paris-sex-party/ so shaming a lawyer for hugging someone would be extreme

Come on 22 May 20 08:59

Name them or this is an utterly pointless story.  Legal Cheek won't even bother stealing this one.

Anonymous 22 May 20 08:59

Barking up the wrong tree if you thing RoF doesn't criticise 'top' firms literally every week

a perfectly normal human being 22 May 20 09:14

@Gobblepig

Yeah, it’s just kerrrazy to suggest the government’s communications around the “lockdown” are anything less than totally crystal clear.

The so-called rules are totally unintelligible - wind your neck in.

Call for calm and kindness 22 May 20 09:24

With all the uncertainty in the world at the moment and all these challenges, I can understand why someone might feel the need for some social contact and normality. The mental strain on all of us is so tough at the moment.

Come on 22 May 20 09:42

Very easy to see from the comments who has and has not been complying with the restrictions...

As for the comment from "Call for calm and kindess" - since when does an individual's desire for normality trump the need to follow rules put in place for the collective good?  This person lives with their children so has daily physical contact with other people.  We live in an age of FaceTime and Zoom.  

None of us want to be restricted in what we can do, but we comply because it is our moral obligation as a member of society to do so.

If your argument is that because "the mental strain on all of us is so tough" it is ok to ignore the restrictions, then presumably you think its fine for everyone to do so?  Or only some people are above the rules?

Anonymous 22 May 20 09:55

So many of us have been really strict about staying at home and social distancing- and its been hell- I think its appalling that people flout the lockdown like this. 

Anonymous 22 May 20 10:11

09:47 - you do realise that data controllers on domestic premises never have an issue until someone complains. Few will encounter annoying neighbours. 

Call for calm and kindness 22 May 20 10:23

All I’m saying is that none of us is perfect and everyone is trying very hard under unprecedented pressures.  Mistakes, slips, lapses in concentration... it’s all part of human nature and we shouldn’t jump on people for them; especially at the moment.

Much better to call on our neighbours and check-in on their well-being, than to report them.

Come on 22 May 20 10:55

Find it quite frankly hilarious that going and getting wasted with a neighbour can be described as a "slip" or "lapse in concentration".  It is very clearly selfish behaviour, being defended by other selfish people who do not want to be labelled as such.  

The sense of entitlement is remarkable, though I should not really be surprised to see it rear its head on a board created for lawyers...

Chris7654321 22 May 20 11:16

Does the snitch realise they are decreasing house prices in the area by 10%!? There should be a website that you report nosey busy neighbours too for this exact reason

 

@10:11 22 May 20 11:26

Yes! I realise exactly that - and using your CCTV to report a neighbour in this way would seem to be a pretty good way to draw attention to your non-compliance and/or prompt a complaint from the neighbour in question.  Hell hath no fury like a lawyer scorned?

Anonymous 22 May 20 11:42

I for one am absolutely shocked that rules which encourage malicious complaints without any safeguards in place result in frequent malicious complaints.

Anonymous 22 May 20 13:39

@11:26 - I'm a privacy lawyer and you clearly have no idea about this area of law. I cannot be bothered to educate you because you're one of those people on the internet who has never been wrong.

a perfectly normal human being 22 May 20 14:12

@Gobblepig: nice chat mate but we both know “vague” is the mildest term that could be used to describe the joke shop state of this joke shop government's attempts to address this crisis. Again - pls deal.

a perfectly normal human being 22 May 20 14:13

“since when does an individual's desire for normality trump the need to follow rules put in place for the collective good?”

Er, since humans have been human and possessed humanity? The risks of going to an outdoor VE Day party are minimal you absolute shrieking harpy.

@13:39 22 May 20 14:17

Well, that's two of us.  Presumably there is a wire crossed somewhere: I'm struggling to understand what I said that you think contradicts what you said.  

a perfectly normal human being 22 May 20 14:38

@ Come On @ 09:42: I I do think it’s ok for everyone to do so. (morally at least, if not legally -  but let’s face it, the legal position is rather grey.)

HAHA! Werent expecting that answer were u?

Come on 22 May 20 15:40

@ a perfectly normal human being @ 14:38: If you genuinely think it would be OK for everyone to ignore the restrictions that have been put in place, there is little point in engaging with you.  You cite morals but in the same comment display a complete lack of them.  You sound a lot like someone who has had enough of experts.

Also, putting "HAHA!" at the end of your comment makes you look like a child.

Unsure 22 May 20 16:03

Strange to see so many demand to know the identity, when you at work would have called this out as hearsay. What is clear is that her neighbours have got it in for her. 

And it appears that she was walking arm-in-arm to her door with female friends. Well, was it her daughters perhaps?

And her children playing with those of her neighbours is her fault, not the other neighbour's fault? Seems a bit onesided.

Come on 22 May 20 16:45

@ Unsure @ 16:03

There is video footage that RoF has seen. 

It would be a little bit odd to return home with your daughters in the early hours of the morning, kiss them goodnight, and then they do not follow you into the house.

The other neighbours are presumably not lawyers.  This is a website dedicated to law.  There is nothing in the original post to suggest that the other neighbours are not blameless, though for the avoidance of doubt the neighbour who provided the footage is clearly not one of the neighbours with whom the lawyer's daughters are playing.

Are you less unsure now?

Anonymous 22 May 20 19:10

Quite right too.

I had to report my neighbours when I saw her walking her dog IN LEGGINGS so clearly exercising for the second time that day.  We'd just come back from my sister's barbecue and there she was, marching out the front door, bold as brass.  No shame at all.

Anon 22 May 20 21:48

Fair enough not naming the individual but this piece feels pretty redundant without at least naming the firm

a perfectly normal human being 23 May 20 06:19

@ Come On @ 15:40

"You sound a lot like someone who has had enough of experts."

More like someone who has had more than enough beer tbh mate. You're allowed to go to the pub where I am.

Dearie 24 May 20 11:27

Idiots breaking lockdown are a bit like the selfish anti vaxxers- they rely on a sufficient number of others to comply with the rules to allow them to “safely” break them.

Anonymous 24 May 20 20:38

Sounds fair enough Dearie - those who want to follow the guidelines do and those who don't don't.

Dearie 25 May 20 12:30

Is it fair enough? Those most at risk are put at further risk by those who can’t control themselves for 5 minutes. I’ve managed it, it’s been a pain but not exactly difficult. The selfishness is staggering. 

Anonymous 26 May 20 08:35

Yes Dearie, it's fair enough. Nobody should be selfish, its all about minimising risk and also not taking the chance to spoil the enjoyment of others.

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