Let's present a united front, please, ladies.
Brabners staff have celebrated International Women’s Day with a big tub of popcorn after a female partner went publicly off-message.
The firm held a panel discussion for IWD at its Manchester office this week at which four Brabners women discussed their career journeys, “including challenges they have faced and how the professional landscape has changed”.
The event was rather meanly dismissed by a source as hollow “virtue signalling” on the basis that the firm “has a massive gender pay gap” and “the full equity is 87% male”.
The problem for the firm was that one of its female partners said the same thing in a comment under the host’s celebratory post on LinkedIn, somewhat complicating the image it had presented to the world of Brabners: haven for straight-talkin' female lawyers.
The off-piste partner wrote, “Well done [fellow partner] you’re genuinely inspirational in your continued enthusiasm and commitment to work from within to move the dial on the firm’s 87% male senior equity partnership and, 36% gender bonus pay gap etc. Good on you!”
A real shame she couldn't congratulate the firm on its 13% instead.
ROF understands the partner recently resigned from the firm. A source said, “she was actually being positive and complimenting other female partners who, unlike her, are willing to continue working from within for change”.
Unfortunately “everyone was talking about it” and the comment was “deleted within an hour”. The remaining messages are unambiguously positive and devoid of uncomfortable statistics.
A male-dominated firm silencing a woman’s observation that it’s a boy’s club is never a great look on IWD. However, it is not known whether the firm applied pressure on the partner or whether she removed the comment of her own volition. ROF asked, but Brabners declined to comment.
Brabners is getting really good at wiping stuff off the internet, though: first it was boobs, then a disastrous case summary, and now awkward interjections (although it also has heroes). If you’ve spotted some interesting IWD flourishes, such as discount salad or guys singing, get in touch.