Employment tribunal finds in favour of City lawyer

An inhouse lawyer has won a claim against her former employer for bullying her out of her City job. The court now must decide how much compensation to award Gillian Switalski who is seeking a record figure of £19 million.


The employment tribunal has found that Switalski suffered a campaign of discrimination, victimisation and harassment while working as the head of F&C Asset Management’s legal department. Damages will be decided in February.


Switalski resigned from the firm in September 2007 and has already won a case against her former employer for sex discrimination. She has two disabled children and the previous case had already ruled that the company failed to accommodate her flexible working requests and repeatedly excluded her from senior management meetings.


F&C Asset Management was represented by Blackstone chambers barrister Monica Carss-Frisk QC who was instructed by McDermott Will & Emery employment lawyers Alison Weatherfield and David Dalgarno. Suzanne McKie of Devereux Chambers acted for Switalski, instructed by Blake Lapthorn Tarlo Lyons' employment lawyer Howard Hymanson.

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