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Russell McVeagh report finds crude, drunken, and sexually inappropriate behaviour

Russell McVeagh report finds crude, drunken, and sexually inappropriate behaviour
2018-07-05
Article Type:
News
Publication Date:
2018-07-06
Jurisdiction:
New Zealand

Dame Margaret Bazley’s report on alleged incidents of sexual harassment at law firm Russell McVeagh has blamed a "work hard, play hard" culture of excessive drinking.

The NZ Herald reports that Bazley interviewed 250 people to get to the bottom of allegations, including that five summer clerks were sexually harassed over the summer of 2015/16. She found junior lawyers and other young staff were encouraged to "drink to excess" in that period.

The report notes failings in the firm's governance and policies which contributed to poor management of the incidents.

Bazley found the Wellington office team within which the incidents occurred was out of control, and their behaviour was not noticed by the partners or brought to the attention of the board.

As part of her broader review of the firm, Bazley found pockets of bullying, excessive work hours for junior lawyers, and fear among lawyers and partners about the consequences of speaking out.

The report issued six pages of bullet-pointed recommendations for change.

Read the full report here.

 

 

People Mentioned:
Dame Margaret Bazley
Organisations Mentioned:
Russell McVeagh
Reference No:
180705CA-2556

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