One of Britain’s most high-profile divorce solicitors, Raymond Tooth, has been accused of *** discrimination by one of his former employees, the Telegraph has reported.
Tooth, who is un-affectionately known as ‘jaws’ and has represented both Sadie Frost and Eric Clapton’s former wife Patti Boyd during their divorces allegedly subjected a pregnant employee to less favourable – claiming that he would ‘kick the baby out of her stomach’ and threatened to sack her following her having missed wok because of morning sickness according to reports. It has also been claimed that Tooth unfairly dismissed the employee in question.
Now, as the case is currently being heard, nothing has yet been confirmed and it is therefore necessary to point out the question that I have posited above is based entirely on presumption, specifically, he presumption that the accusations are true.
If we are to assume that they are true, then it is reasonably to suggest that Mr Tooth fulfils the traditional stereotype of the pit-bull divorce solicitor. The sort of divorce solicitor who rejects mediation and collaborative law in favour of good old-fashioned dispute even if it happens not be in his client’s best interests.
If – and I cannot emphasis that word enough here – then Tooth’s firm may well be failing to act in their client’s best interests. Yes, mediation and collaborative law may have their faults – all of which are well documented – but they are techniques that can also turn contested divorces into their uncontested counterparts, that can assist couples in amicably dividing their assets and agreeing childcare. They are, it has to said, options that are worth exploring for these very reasons.
If, however, Mr Tooth is the sort of person that would do what he has been accused of, then it is unlikely that he is the sort of individual that would consider a non-adversarial approach during a divorce to be all that beneficial.
So, whilst this article may have begun by discussing some rather shocking claims that have been made against one of Britain’s biggest divorce lawyers, it closes by suggesting that any couple that had decided to file for divorce seek an alternate means of resolving their differences and, hopefully, proceed with a quick and uncontested divorce.
The Divorce Blogger writes for Quickie Divorce , the UK’s leading provider of online divorce.