The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has confirmed that the case of Nick West (a media partner at DLA Piper) who sent a sexist e-mail to a client, will face a hearing. The case concerns West sending sexist e-mails to his client, Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore, which included sexist references to one of Scudamore’s colleagues.
Although DLA Piper had no comment on the SDT referral the firm did accept that West’s e-mails were not reflective of his beliefs and that there would not be a recurrence of this behaviour. They also added that although there was a failure to meet the high professional standards which the firm prides themselves on, the firm recognised that the e-mails were exchanged between friends and accessed without permission. If the allegation is proven at the STD, West can be struck off the roll of solicitors or face a fine.