Solicitor suspended after Having Sex with Employee on Desk

A senior solicitor has been suspended from practising after having sex with a more junior employee on his desk.

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Gill had a sexual relationship with a third colleague.

A senior solicitor who had sex on his desk with a more junior employee and told female staff what they should wear has been suspended for two years.

Jasvinder Singh Gill admitted inappropriate sexual conduct involving three younger female colleagues where there was an inherent power imbalance.

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal said Gill’s motivation was sexual and his conduct “placed the female employees who he had picked upon with the no doubt unsettling dilemma that rebuffing him would or could count against them in their continuing employment”.

Gill, who was in his 40s at the time, admitted taking one colleague out for a pub lunch in 2015 and then requesting she come to his office before kissing her.

In a private conversation, he told her that he preferred female staff to wear open-toe shoes, stockings and short skirts, describing this as “proper office attire”.

In November 2019, before a work-related event in Bristol, he brought a younger colleague back to his hotel room, ordering a takeaway and offering her an alcoholic drink while they sat on the bed.

Between April 2019 and October 2020, Gill had a sexual relationship with a third colleague.

It was heard that he kissed her whilst in the office with the door closed, was flirtatious with her in the office with physical touching and on two occasions, had sex with her on his desk.

All these encounters were consensual.

Gill told a fourth colleague there was a “preferred” dress code of skirts rather than trousers and asked when she was going to wear a particular dress.

Gill was initially due to face a full hearing before the tribunal.

However, he reviewed his position and made admissions that were acceptable to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

In agreeing to impose the suspension, the tribunal said it was not an “arbiter of morals and human frailty” but acted to maintain the reputation of the profession and protect the public.

Gill was an experienced solicitor who had built a thriving business.

But the way he acted towards more junior staff was “wrong and inappropriate”.

The tribunal said: “[His] conduct had not been a matter relating to his private life alone as it had been tied closely to his practice as a solicitor and in fact, arose from within the work environment itself.

“[He] had, on repeated occasions, used his position of influence and authority in the workplace to create situations in which office relationships, sexual in intent, were initiated and pursued by him.”

Gill provided mitigation in relation to his health but this was redacted.

As well as serving a 24-month suspension, he must provide medical reports with every application for a practising certificate. He also agreed to pay costs of £85,500.

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