"And no cardigaaaaaans!" Vardags takes its stand.
Vardags has taken an ex-employee to court for allegedly leaking the email in which the firm's President and founder, Ayesha Vardag, banned cardigans in the office.
Her husband Stephen Bence, who also works at the firm, announced that, "At some point, one has to take a stand. This is where we take ours". (You read that correctly - Vardags is taking its stand over cardigans.)
Vardags aired its dirty laundry in a colourful statement explaining that it wrote to its former employee "repeatedly without response", and that "sadly", it wasn't until just before the parties were due in court that she "broke her silence" and "finally offered the reassurances which the firm had been seeking for weeks" not to disclose confidential material.
After it cracked her under pressure, Vardags said it compelled her to appear in court, where she "did not deny" disclosing Vardag's all-staff email about its dress code.
In the email, which was leaked to RollOnFriday*, Vardag told staff, "I am seeing cardigans in the office. Look at the dress code in the handbook. Woollies are verboten. Nothing you could get comfy in by the fire".
"Look like a pro, not a pretty young thing", she said. "Every day you should look as if you're capable of being President of a significant country."
Evidently unhappy that its leader's edicts had been made public, Vardags secured a court order preventing the former employee from disclosing anything else, and said it reserved the right to pursue her for its costs of £68,000.
Vardags said the woman was sacked for "poor performance" earlier this year and "threatened" to take the firm to the employment tribunal alleging disability discrimination, where she has now issued a "spurious" claim.
After it refused to settle, "she leaked our confidential information to third parties", claimed Vardags, and the firm was targeted as a "cause celebre" by her solicitor's organisation, the United Voices of the World union.
Galloping up and down the ranks of Vardags staff, Bence has delivered a thundering rallying cry:
"Of course, it is open to us to lie down under the pressure, to write a cheque, to roll over. But we will not be at the mercy of spurious and false claims and vindictive breaches of our confidentiality, to pay people off when we know we have done nothing wrong. At some point, one has to take a stand. This is where we take ours".
*The leak led to a story revealing that Vardag and Bence were paid handsomely a second time by Vardags as consultants. And why not - the firm is clearly going places, as proven by its website, which currently features a testimonial attributed to Mr Justice Coleridge describing Vardags as "Leading, Magic Circle law firm".
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