High Court blocks ex-Linklaters’ director from revealing what he called firm’s ‘struggle with women in the workplace’

  • United Kingdom
  • 02/06/2019
  • Legal Cheek

Injunction stops former employee disclosing information concerning three incidents

Linklaters has been granted a temporary injunction preventing a former director of business development disclosing examples of what he claims is the firm’s “culture” including “the ongoing struggle Linklaters has with women in the workplace.”

Frank Mellish, who is, according to the High Court ruling awarding the injunction, an Australian in his late 50s, had informed the firm’s senior partner by email that he intended to “share my impressions of the current culture” and would be citing three examples of this alleged culture in future interviews with the media. These were referred to in the ruling as “the Munich Incident”, “the NY settlement” and “the London Settlement”.

The ruling of Mr Justice Warby concluded that as a former employee, Mellish was still bound by obligations of confidentiality and that his proposed revelations would breach that because all three examples were “matters that involve what the claimants [Linklaters] say is confidential information relating to partners and/or employees of the firm”. (continue)

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