SFO and the SFA have apologised for an incident that saw a lawyer for the Scottish Association of Solicitors (SAS) get into a shouting match with a SFA worker.
The lawyer allegedly used abusive and abusive language towards the SFO’s Soliciting Officer, who is based at the SFS.
In a statement issued today, SFO said: “We are deeply sorry for the incident which occurred in October.
In a separate incident, a SFO lawyer is facing a disciplinary hearing at the disciplinary body, after allegedly using abusive and derogatory language towards a SFS employee. “
We would also like to offer our unreserved support to the SAS employee and to her family, who are all working hard to help ensure that she can continue to have a good working relationship with the Solicits Office and SFS.”
In a separate incident, a SFO lawyer is facing a disciplinary hearing at the disciplinary body, after allegedly using abusive and derogatory language towards a SFS employee.
This incident happened in the early hours of Monday, October 19.
The SFO has since apologised to the lawyer and has released a statement in response to his disciplinary hearing.
The SAS employee, who asked not to be named, said: This morning, I went to the CAS office and spoke to a solicitor in front of the SFCO.
The solicitor said that he had no intention of speaking to anyone outside the SFTF and that I should go back to my desk.
He also said that I could not use the SFPL phone and I should not use my own phone.
I told him that I did not need to call anyone, I was busy.
He then walked over to my chair and said to me: “You can’t call anybody else, you can only use your own phone, that’s all.
That’s not your job.”
He then proceeded to verbally abuse me.
I explained to him that my phone had not been tapped, that I have the right to speak to the solicitor without his presence, and that there were other people on the phone.
He did not listen to me, so I spoke to another solicitor who told him: “He’s not going to get the message, he’s a lawyer and you are going to be in a different room when you get home.”
At that point, the solicitor came back and said that there was no problem.
I said: That’s fine, we can discuss this later.
The next day, I called the SFFS to find out if the SAS had been removed from the SSPC.
After talking to the manager, the SAS was reinstated and I was reinstated.
The only thing that I was unhappy about was that I didn’t receive a phone call from him the following day, as I had hoped.
I have also asked for a review of this incident.
The CAS has asked for an apology from the SAS.
The Scottish Professional Bar Association (SPBA) is currently considering disciplinary action against the SAS lawyer.
A complaint about the SAS is currently being looked into by the Scottish Solicitaries Board.
SFA chief executive Richard Balfour said today that the SAS apology was “a genuine and significant step forward in the way we have been treating our members and their families since September”.
He said: Our employees are treated fairly and we have an established policy of not using abusive language.
SFA general secretary Stephen McKeown said: The SFA has apologised unreservedily for the unfortunate incident involving the SAS and is committed to ensuring that our staff and our members are treated with respect and dignity. “
This is a step forward to demonstrate to our members that we have a commitment to our relationship with them and to be open and honest with them.”
SFA general secretary Stephen McKeown said: The SFA has apologised unreservedily for the unfortunate incident involving the SAS and is committed to ensuring that our staff and our members are treated with respect and dignity.
The SAFCO, who has been assisting the SFL, said today: The incident is being investigated by the SFI, and we are in the process of deciding how to proceed with the matter.
It is important that the SfA’s leadership and SFA’s members understand the seriousness of this matter.
The incident will be investigated in full by the SAS’ internal investigation, which will take into account all relevant evidence, including the SAS’s internal code of conduct and any internal complaints.
If appropriate, the SAFCo will also make a further investigation.
SFO chief executive Paul Kelly said: I want to stress that we are absolutely committed to protecting our workers from the unacceptable behaviour of those individuals who would attempt to harm or harass them.
This will not be tolerated.
In response to yesterday’s incident, SFA president Michael Russell said: We are committed to improving our relations with our members, particularly in the public sector, and I hope the SAS will make the same commitment.
SFS general secretary Brian Mackay said today he was “sickened” at the behaviour of the SAS in