10 May 2018
A senior partner at a major UK firm has been stalking a newly-qualified lawyer who wants to end their affair.

The male partner has been harassing the female NQ in an attempt to prolong their affair, said sources, which began when she was a trainee at the firm. In order to protect the identity of the junior solicitor, who has not spoken directly to RollOnFriday, details including the name of the firm have not been included.

Despite the NQ's repeated attempts to end the liaison, said a source, the married partner refuses to leave her alone. Each time she blocks his number, he buys a new phone on which to text and call. And despite not working directly under him, "he corners her on the stairs and gives her work seemingly unnecessarily". It comes as Linklaters launched a policy this week requiring staff to report work relationships, in a bid to address conflicts created by unbalanced power dynamics.

  On the one hand, all partners gave her seemingly unnecessary work. On the other hand, only he had tattooed her face on his hands and made them tell him she loved him.

"He will not let her move on" and "she cannot get away", said a source, who accused the partner of "entirely abusing their position of power". This "is what #metoo was all about", said the insider. "If we aren’t calling out men who behave like this, then we do women in the legal profession a complete disservice". 

If you would like to tell your story to RollOnFriday, or know the "inappropriate behaviour" which led to Quinn Emanuel sacking partner Mark Hastings this week, do get in touch.
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Anonymous 11 May 18

This is sinister behaviour and needs to be dealt with. In many cases this kind of solipsistic, hidden, psychological harassment escalates into physical abuse. It must make life hell for the junior and will probably have an impact on her performance at work as well as her well-being. I hope that the senior person involved comes to his senses or that the junior finds a way to go public about it without jeopardising her own career and future but as we know, law firms do not have a good track record in matters like this.

Anonymous 11 May 18

I wonder why every story about a topic other than sexual harassment isn't inundated with cries of "Evidence?" etc.?

Anonymous 11 May 18

@ 10:05 Speak for yourself. Don't "we" the rest of us like some cheap second-rate politician.

Anonymous 11 May 18

@10:20 - Its because of the tendency for stories about sexual harassment to be presented without evidence. What did you think the reason was?

Anonymous 11 May 18

@ 10:38 - please don't tell me how to speak. I'm only speaking the truth - we don't know if the allegations are true, unless you know otherwise.

Anonymous 11 May 18

I wonder why the need for evidence is only questioned in relation to stories on sexual harassment, etc.

Anonymous 11 May 18

Sounds like the culprit is in attendance in the comments section...

Did you buy a new burner phone today yet?

Anonymous 11 May 18

As for evidence, the texts/calls to her phone from him using multiple new numbers as they are blocked are presumably available. Seems unlikely someone would make up a story so easily disprovable from easily available records.

Anonymous 11 May 18

@11.07 - that's right, only the accused could possibly disagree with you, it couldn't possibly be the case that someone neutral might question the story. We don't know if there is a 'culprit' or who the 'culprit' is.

Anonymous 11 May 18

@10:38 - And you think the other stories are usually presented with evidence? Srsly? I'm trying to work out the last time I saw RoF run any story based on anything other than a court/tribunal decision where even one person asked where the evidence was, let alone 3 out of the first 4 comments.

Something about this type of story particularly touches a nerve with certain commenters who seem very aggrieved that anyone could even suggest that certain blokes act badly at work. I couldn't possibly comment on why this is the case - I don't have an insight into the way their brains work.

Anonymous 11 May 18

@11.33 - these types of story are particularly notable for being presented without evidence, and for the reactions of some people when evidence is requested. Actually only one of the first four comments askes for evidence, the others referred to by you state that we don't actually know what happened in each case mentioned. People of both genders act badly at work unfortunately.

My experience is that this type of story touches a nerve with certain commenters who seem very aggrieved at the suggestion that an accusation may in fact not reflect what happened in reality, with some people even making accusations against people who request evidence and like to see due process followed.

Anonymous 11 May 18

I can't quite come to terms with the stupidity of someone who expects evidence to be produced to back up a news story which stands on keeping all participants anonymous. Do you expect them to produce the phones and the messages, backed up with quotes from witnesses? Do you honestly think Roll On Friday has anything to gain from making this up? You sound like the same commentator who felt that the biggest problem with the racist students was that they got found out.

Anonymous 11 May 18

anonymous user
11/05/2018 12:04
@11.33 - these types of story are particularly notable for being presented without evidence

Where's your evidence for that claim?

Anonymous 11 May 18

@11:08 - that's right, the phone records would indeed be evidence, number of calls/texts sent, number of times phone was changed, whether the phone was only used to call/text the accuser, that kind of thing. Of course, the mere fact that an allegation is easily disproved if false doesn't mean that the allegation must be true, in the same way that just because evidence against the partner could easily be obtained if the accusation were true doesn't mean that the accusation is false. Its important to look at evidence both supporting and refuting the allegations, not just one side.

Anonymous 11 May 18

@12:14 - sorry that you find the expectation of evidence to back up an allegation to be 'stupidity'. Have you ever considered a career In law? Always remember, accusation does not equal guilt.
Whether or not the participants are anonymous is irrelevant at this point, I can think of several ways in which evidence could be indicated. If you read the article there are several quotes attributed to a witness, but without further evidence these are meaningless. Why do you think that I 'honestly believe' that ROF made this article up?
Sorry, I don't know what other commentator you are talking about.

Anonymous 11 May 18

@15:19 - One single article evidences your assertion that "these types" of stories are "particularly notable" for being presented without evidence? Sound logic, dude.

Anonymous 11 May 18

@16:04 - last time Rof published a story that revealed more of their evidence, one of the firms clearly pulled the story.

Whilst I think they have been far far too kind to firms they have had multiple complaints about from many many many sources, even I wouldn't think Rof would be so silly to make that mistake twice.

Just because the evidence hasn't been included in the article doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

Anonymous 11 May 18

"anonymous user
11/05/2018 16:02
@12:14 - sorry that you find the expectation of evidence to back up an allegation to be 'stupidity'. Have you ever considered a career In law? Always remember, accusation does not equal guilt."

You are aware that Rof isn't a court, aren't you? And that unless someone has been identified, this accusation hardly triggers the need for due process?

Anonymous 11 May 18

@18:35 - I know, thanks, recommend you try it. Still, at least you acknowledge the article contains no evidence. There are others like it. Dude.

Anonymous 11 May 18

@19:30 - sorry, didn't realise you were actually that ignorant. One example cannot prove a statement relating to multiple instances. Hopey helpy x

Anonymous 11 May 18

@18:38 - multiple complaints don't necessarily mean that those claims are true. Why would ROF pull a story if it included evidence which supported it? We don't know if the evidence exists or not. We do know that we haven't seen it however.

Anonymous 11 May 18

I know at least one of them was true, because it happened to me. I don't know why rof pulled the story they did - bit too worried about revenue is my guess - but I also know that one was true as well.

Anonymous 11 May 18

@19:42 - that's ok dude, I'm not 'that ignorant', more a case of you misunderstanding my comment - there are probably a lot of things you don't realise! I didn't say the example I gave was the sole example. Anyway, glad you acknowledge that this article contains no evidence, so yes, you have helped, thank you.

Anonymous 11 May 18

@18:41 - your observation that ROF isn't a court is correct. It is still important to be able to support your allegations if asked though. Accusation doesn't equal guilt.

Anonymous 11 May 18

@19:50 - although I'm not familiar with your story, if you were sexually harassed I'm very sorry, its a horrible thing, and difficult to speak out about. Where an allegation is made to someone who wasn't there and if the accused denies what they are accused of, it is usually impossible to 'know' exactly what happened, so all one can do is look at any available evidence, hear both sides, and try to reach a fair and unbiased conclusion - this is the only fair way to look at complaints. That's why its so important that articles such as this are backed up with some evidence.

I would hope that ROF aren't pulling evidence-supported accusation for revenue reasons, but I suppose we can't 'know' if that one was true unless we were there or both parties completely agree as to what happened.

Anonymous 11 May 18

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@18:35 - I know, thanks, recommend you try it. Still, at least you acknowledge the article contains no evidence. There are others like it. Dude.

Except for the witness they have quoted.

Anonymous 12 May 18

Why would you cry "evidence" on a story like this? It's a gossip story. The only reason I can imagine for demanding evidence on a story like this, when it's clearly not possible for any to be presented, is if you're one of those people who wants to deny or conceal the existence of sexual harassment.

Anonymous 12 May 18

@21:54 11/05 - except they quote "sources" - we don't actually know if they are witnesses or not. Not even close to evidence I'm afraid.

Anonymous 12 May 18

@6:50 - the story isn't presented as a work of fiction though. That being the case, its a bit more than 'gossip' to the accuser and the accused. Its obviously possible to present evidence here, I can think of several pieces of evidence which could be given. The only reason I can imagine for criticising requests for evidence on a story like this is that you wish to deny or conceal the possibility of false allegations and silence men from speaking up about this type of sexual harassment.

Anonymous 12 May 18

The only way there can be people involved is if the facts are true. More to the point, no-one is obligated to provide evidence to you even though you recognise yourself in the story since no individual has been named.

Anonymous 12 May 18

@10:06 - no, people can be involved in allegations. This story is held out to be true - ROF is not a fiction site. I don't see myself in the story (as accused or accuser) - my reason for requesting evidence is to attempt to judge whether the story reflects an accurate reflection of events - for the article to have credibility I'm entitled to request evidence.

It is always a mistake to assume that someone asking for evidence must be the accused person themselves as any neutral person would surely want to see evidence before deciding whether or not something is true.

I would think that if an individual felt they were identifiable from the story, they would be entitled to ask if they were one of the party's involved, and if they were, to request evidence backing up the events reported. Would be interested to hear any dissenting views.

Anonymous 12 May 18

@12:32 - no, as I said, my reason for requesting evidence is to attempt to judge whether the story reflects an accurate reflection of events. I'm not the accused or the accuser, nor (as far as I'm aware) do I know them.

Its a mistake to assume that someone asking for evidence must be the accused person themselves or associated with them as any neutral person would surely want to see evidence before deciding whether or not something is true.

Lot's of criticism and insinuations relating to comments requesting evidence, but still no evidence though.

Anonymous 12 May 18

@11:24

You say:

my reason for requesting evidence is to attempt to judge whether the story reflects an accurate reflection of events - for the article to have credibility I'm entitled to request evidence

I ask: Why do you care so much?

Anonymous 12 May 18

@14:45 - what a curious question!

I answer: for the same reason anyone reading a series of unsubstantiated allegations asks for evidence.

What you should ask: why does anyone care so much that evidence is being requested?

Anonymous 12 May 18

I wonder if this fellow knows that as well as a phone number every mobile phone has a unique IMEI number that is transmitted every time it is used to contact someone. This number follows the phone from it's manufacture to sale and so if he bought it with a credit card, debit card or with paypal he will be identifiable as the purchaser. If he bought it with cash he will have been asked to give his name and address at the time of purchase and that will have been recorded. Simply put, if the recipient has kept his text messages then, with a little time and effort, he can be connected with them even if he thinks he has been anonymous.

Mind you, since he didn't send them he's probably setting the dogs on Roll On Friday at this very moment to get the libellous story removed. Or something.

Anonymous 12 May 18

@16:44 - Excellent. So I'm sure we'll see you pursue calls for evidence on stories not remotely related to sexual harassment with equal vigour then. Like you clearly have already judging by previous stories.... oh wait.

Anonymous 12 May 18

@17:21 - exactly, the phone evidence would be revealing. It would show the number of calls/texts, any exchange of messages, whether a new phone was bought 'each time' the number was blocked, if it was blocked, whether the phone was actually bought to text/call the accuser. If he didn't make the calls/texts then none of this evidence will exist. Unfortunately the article provides no evidence of any of this, not even whether the source quoted has any direct knowledge of the claims made or has any knowledge of the contents of the calls/texts, etc. At the moment, we simply don't know if there is any substance to the claims.

Anonymous 12 May 18

@18:44 - evidence?

You don't get to decide what stories I request evidence I support.

Do you only question people asking for evidence in stories related to sexual harassment? If so, why? Oh wait...

Anonymous 12 May 18

@18:54 - and I'm sure we'll see you asking people why they only question the need for evidence on stories related to sexual harassment with equal vigour then.Like you clearly have already judging by previous stories.... oh wait.

Your time would be more productively spent questioning the lack of or providing evidence related to this story rather then trying to divert the conversation away from the fact that there is precisely none.

Anonymous 12 May 18

Nah - it's far more fun winding up the obvious misogynists digging themselves a hole on this thread. Please keep it up. At this rate, we might tun the comments.

Anonymous 12 May 18

anonymous user
11/05/2018 20:46

I didn't say the example I gave was the sole example


True, you also didn't say that you're an uptight NQ who thinks this #metoo stuff has been taken too far, but that could equally be inferred from your answer. We wait the rest of the evidence of your claim with "interest".

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