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Exclusive: Taylor Wessing offers kisses to staff
24 June 2016
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The Managing Partner of Taylor Wessing has offered kisses from his newly appointed female COO as prizes to his staff.

Tim Eyles recently gave an internal presentation which featured a video. Eyles announced to all present that whoever correctly guessed the music would get a kiss from Rachel Reid, his new female COO who had just joined from KWM. As one associate complained to RoF, "not only is this highly inappropriate, but it shows that management is comfortable with offering women as prizes".

    Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing has not been doing well recently when it comes to addressing issues of female inequality within the firm. In 2014 it announced a target of having 25% female partners by 2018. At that time women made up 17% of the partnership, a figure that has since fallen to 15%. And displays of casual sexism are unlikely to encourage women to stick around.

An insider says that all of Taylor Wessing's 16 female partners in the UK are at the lower end of the equity, there are no female business group leaders, and the only women on the executive board are non-lawyers (HR Director, Partnership Secretary and the kissable COO). And a male head of a department had to step down after being caught copping off with a first seat trainee at her welcome drinks...

No one at the firm was available to comment.
 

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anonymous user
24/06/2016 14:51
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To be fair, this is not a macho/sexist/chauvinist place to work by any stretch of the imagination.
anonymous user
24/06/2016 15:38
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"shows that management is comfortable with offering women as prizes" - honestly? Perhaps it shows that you have an MP with a sense of humour. This is not casual sexism at all.
anonymous user
24/06/2016 15:51
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Anon@14:51 - do you work there? If so, you're clearly very junior.
anonymous user
25/06/2016 11:55
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Anonymous user@1538 are you Tim Eyles....?
anonymous user
25/06/2016 13:02
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One of the more ridiculous stories I've seen on here recently. Obviously a light hearted joke with no offence meant. If ROF want to discourage 'casual sexism' maybe they should consider how it uses the word 'kissable''...
anonymous user
25/06/2016 13:05
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Anon @15.51 so sexism is bad, but ageism is totally fine?!!
anonymous user
25/06/2016 20:35
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Kisses? Sex would be much more enticing.
anonymous user
25/06/2016 23:48
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Anon@1305 - nothing to do with ageism. Just an appreciation of TW that as a junior, it's ok. The more senior you are, the more obvious the sexist culture becomes. There's a clear glass ceiling and that will never be broken while the management is what it is.
anonymous user
26/06/2016 00:37
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I'm actually shocked by some of these comments. If you think what the MP said is acceptable, then you should be ashamed. It's not funny. It's not acceptable. It's basic and obvious sexism. You are all evidence of what's wrong with the City.
anonymous user
26/06/2016 13:37
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What's the bet that the chaps who have belittled this story are senior bods at TW?

It's wholly inappropriate, smacks of a "boys' club" mentality and frankly would put me off choosing to work there.
anonymous user
26/06/2016 13:48
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Anon@0037 Your comments just show how far we have to go as a nation. The level of faux outrage and virtue signalling is sickening.
anonymous user
29/06/2016 07:01
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I'm surprised there has not been a suit of sexual harassment by said COO.
anonymous user
30/06/2016 13:14
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Cobblers. We are running a business here, not organising a womens' rights rally for Labour. Rachel took it in good humour and she appreciates that TW is a place where ALL people can be themselves, not just hairy-armpited feminazis. Absolute tosh. Signed proud TW partner.
anonymous user
01/07/2016 10:02
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You really are an idiot, "proud TW partner": given the (accurate) description of the firm in these comments, I'm not sure how you think you're helping (if you're really a partner of course). I was at the BG meeting too and my armpits are hairy cos I'm a bloke.
anonymous user
01/07/2016 13:20
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I would suggest that attending the BG meeting was a career limiting move...signed the not really a TW Partner :-P