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Sunday 8 December 2019

Law Society probing 'sexist WhatsApp messages'

Law Society's TP Kennedy issued warning on messages
Law Society's TP Kennedy issued warning on messages

Trainee lawyers have been warned their careers could be at risk after it was claimed that "inappropriate messages about female students were being sent in WhatsApp groups".

An internal investigation is now under way into the group called 'T*ts and Filth' that was circulated among trainee solicitors in the Law Society of Ireland.

A warning, which was issued to all trainees by TP Kennedy, Director of Education at the Law Society in Blackhall Place, said the text messaging group which has been "posting inappropriate content relating to female students" has given rise to "profound ethical concerns."

He warned "several students have provided the Law Society with details and we are investigating them".

Disrepute

Mr Kennedy said the "messages have caused deep distress to many students" and said "this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated and has no place on a professional training course".

He went on to warn the students that posting such content was in breach of Law Society guidelines and that "inappropriate content may have the effect of bringing the profession into disrepute".

He also warned the trainees concerned may have behaved in a manner that makes them "unfit to be admitted as a solicitor".

When contacted, the Law Society of Ireland said: "The Law Society takes these allegations extremely seriously and, if they are proven to be true, disciplinary action will be taken.

"We have taken immediate action by reminding students of their responsibilities and ethical obligations. In addition, we have suspended access to private messaging groups in the Law School."

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