The ex-London Managing Partner of Baker McKenzie and the woman he kissed against her will in 2012 have been giving evidence at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.
'Person A' spoke from behind a screen in a court which this week has been filled with approximately 30 lawyers representing the four respondents and the SRA.
She described how Gary Senior asked her to stay behind in his hotel room at 3am after a night on the town with three other lawyers.
Person A told the tribunal that once the others left, Senior "paid me a compliment" and said, "can we have a hug?"
Senior then kissed her neck, although he disputed her claim that she turned away from him, or that he gripped her.
"And then my phone started to ring and I remember feeling quite relieved because I was thinking 'how can I extract myself from this situation'", said Person A. "I said 'that will be my boyfriend, I must answer it, he will worry if I don't.'"
Senior told her, "Don't answer it, stay and we'll talk about your boyfriend", she said. After a minute or two, the rest of the group returned.
That old trick, eh.
After she made a complaint the following week, Person A was "repeatedly" asked if she would accept an apology from Senior, she said. The meetings she took with HR were "horrible" and "intimidating", rather than conciliatory, she told the hearing.
Worried about bumping into him in the office, she said HR left it to her to come up with solutions while she took a leave of absence. "My feeling at the time was I was cast aside. I didn’t feel I was as important to the firm as protecting its own reputation and Mr Senior."
She said she felt the firm's invitations to return to work were "hollow".
"I couldn’t possibly imagine how I could see myself staying at the firm and going about my day-to-day work life and knowing there were a lot of senior people in the firm who knew what had happened."
The SRA's counsel, Andrew Tabachnik QC, accused the firm of spending "all this time putting in place drinking restrictions for Gary", and writing emails focusing on "support for Gary", while doing "no work on protocols which would allow Person A to return to work".
"Rarely has a letter before action been so warmly received", said Tabachnik, as the one Leigh Day sent Bakers on behalf of Person A. It requested an exit package comprising two years' pay and £15,000. After a nominal push back asking for one year's pay, Bakers acceded.
The SRA claims that Senior, former HR director Martin Blackburn and the litigation partner who led the investigation, Tom Cassel, were too focused on protecting Senior and the firm from scrutiny, and inappropriately involved Senior in the investigation. Tabachnik cited the fact that Senior even helped draft his own warning letter. That was "a microcosm of the way the relationships worked here", he told the tribunal.
Senior accepted his behaviour was inappropriate, but denied abusing his power. He also rejected Tabachnik's accusation that he "micro-managed" the investigation into the incident.
And he defended his suggestion at the time that Person A could work at home for 18 months while he served out his term as managing partner as "an attractive alternative if she was simply not willing to come back to the office and work as normal".
Acting for Baker McKenzie, Patricia Roberton QC said Person A's head of department looked after her, stayed in touch once she left and provided a positive reference. Robertson said the firm had been concerned at all times for her wellbeing.
The hearing is set to continue for another week.