Breaches of Confidentiality

A trainee solicitor has been banned from ever working in another law firm after being dismissed by her former firm for gross misconduct following a series of confidentiality breaches.

The SRA said that she “disclosed confidential information and personal data to a third party on multiple occasions without the firm’s authority” namely sending emails to clients in breach of the firm’s supervision policy as well as further internal confidential documents being sent to third parties. The trainee had told her firm she was not aware that she was breaching confidentiality.

The employment tribunal in Manchester ruled last year following a six day hearing that the trainee was fairly dismissed on the grounds of gross misconduct.

Employers should take notice that whilst they may succeed in defending a gross misconduct claim, it is worth ensuring that policies are clear and up to date and all members of staff, particularly junior staff, undergo repeated training in relation to confidentiality and use of email communications.

Posted on 8 January, 2020 by Ortolan

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