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Shared responsibility to end harassment: Law Society leaders’ joint statement

27 November 2017

Law Society president Joe Egan, vice president Christina Blacklaws and deputy vice president Simon Davis made a joint statement asserting that everyone has a duty to help end harassment of any kind.

“Sexual harassment is illegal. Just as anyone is protected by the law, they should also be protected by employers – law firms included – which have a duty of care to their employees, contractors, clients and visitors.

“Solicitors have professional and ethical obligations that mean anyone found guilty of harassment is likely to face disciplinary action by the regulator as well as any civil or criminal proceedings.

“Working environments should be safe for all, with clear policies to prevent harassment as well as accessible, safe procedures to deal with any complaints. Robust measures to address alleged harassment should also include fair processes for investigation so that rights are protected in the process of seeking the truth.

“Anyone who has experienced sexual harassment should be able to feel they can report it safely and with the confidence they will be taken seriously. It is incumbent on all of us to work to end harassment of all kinds.”