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Firm fired after calling clients stupid
25 July 2014
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A law firm has been dropped by a mining union after implying that its members were thick.

Barnsley solicitors Raleys advised members of the National Union of Miners on their claims for government compensation for vibration white finger (an industrial disease triggered by overuse of vibrating machinery). But in a recent case brought against it by an ex-miner, Ronald Barnaby, Raleys was compelled to disclose its training manual on how staff should handle the claims. Unfortunately for the firm, the hypthothetical miner in worked examples was named "Mr Thikas Toosh Ortplanks".

    Amused miners on their way to Raleys' office yesterday
 
The case in question had already put Raleys in NUM's bad books, after Leeds County Court ruled that the firm negligently advised Barnaby not to claim compensation for his vibration white finger. The firm's appeal against the decision was rejected by the Court of Appeal which said Raleys' cross-examination of Barnaby represented a “sustained and unequivocal” attack on his character which was “misjudged”. At least it didn't call him Mr Imaget Tingbadvibrations in open court.

Local MP John Mann accused the firm of "breathtaking arrogance", while the NUM has taken its instructions elsewhere. It said that its long-standing, 90 year relationship with Raleys had "soured".

Raleys managing partner Mrs Whata Clanger Carol Gill said, "The current management consider it was a poor-taste joke, which should not have been sanctioned. However, in this recent matter we were duty bound to disclose it to the court as relevant to the case. I believe it did not reflect the true, general attitude of Raleys Solicitors at the time, and it certainly does not reflect the attitude of any of our staff today".
 

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anonymous user
25/07/2014 09:26
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That is hilarious. No, wait, I mean terrible. That is terrible.
anonymous user
25/07/2014 11:16
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The funniest story by far. No, sorry, saddest. Saddest story by far.
anonymous user
25/07/2014 11:48
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Funny, but a bit harsh on the current management team of the firm who seem to have done nothing worse than fail to correct their documentation after taking over.
anonymous user
25/07/2014 14:13
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Not only a poor taste joke, but a poor quality one. The essence of a good "comedy" name is that it actually resembles a name. Claude Balls the lion tamer; Rudolph Hucker the angry old man etc. Thikas Toosh Ortplanks is a pathetic effort. I wonder what Raleys use in training materials for a fictional member of their own staff - Mr Gorm Lessnorth Erntwat, perhaps?
anonymous user
25/07/2014 15:29
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Sense of humour failure I think! As a client of law firms, I don't think we'd react like that - hope not anyway!
anonymous user
25/07/2014 16:37
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what else did they think would happen? Thisd could have been leaked by anyone working there and to show such disdain for such a valuable client is utterly ridiculous. Stupid tw@ts
anonymous user
31/07/2014 02:01
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I trained at Raleys. It was a good firm then full of good people. It's sad that they went sour with the sheer amount of cash pouring into the firm. I dont remember training manuals like this but I didn't work on VWF claims. Anyway, I imagine that this will cost them the majority of their clients. As for the anti-Northern comment below - have a word with yourself.
  

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