Having been bullied at work by lawyers and finding my aim of going to the Employment Tribunal thwarted by other lawyers (see book and blog), you’ll forgive me for being somewhat cynical back then about the legal process.
My aim, as I said in my 2010 Mad Scientist blog was:
‘If I can’t prove I’m being bullied by Howard and employed by the biggest bunch of liars - then no one can’.
I was sadly unable to prove it, despite overwhelming evidence. Forced into settlement, my plan to write about the bullying process from start to finish (ET) to help others had to be reconsidered.
It was extremely disappointing, but I resolved to keep anonymously writing and raising awareness. It was only when my former bullies launched a legal attack to remove me from Twitter and shut down my blog that things began to change – in a way I hadn’t expected.
My new legal representative, a former boss, read through the files and was shocked by the extent of the bullying I’d gone through and surprised about the way the case was run. The first thing he did was to see off the bullies – hence I’m still here. The second thing he did was to begin to challenge the way my case had been handled.
I hadn’t expected it to have such a positive effect on me. I can’t really explain why. Perhaps it’s just that my cynicism has lifted.
There are bad lawyers out there, but there are some really good ones. I don’t have a list yet. I just have the name of one lawyer – mine - but it’s a start. If you need the name of a good lawyer, drop me a line via email or Twitter. If he or his firm says you have or have not got a claim – then believe them. They are trustworthy, which is the main thing.
And if you’ve had your case dealt with by a good lawyer then drop me a line too. Maybe we can get a list together. It’s the opposite of name and shame. Let’s share the fair.