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Listed law firm’s chief executive used racially offensive term

  • February 20, 2023

Tribunal: Delay in progressing claim not fatal

The former chief executive of listed London law firm Rosenblatt used a highly offensive racial term at a dinner attended by a Black lawyer, an employment tribunal has revealed.

Nicola Foulston was sacked by RBG Holdings – the firm’s listed entity, of which she was also chief executive – just last week, in part because of “culture concerns”. It is not known whether the two events are connected.

The decision was handed down on 20 January but only published yesterday.

Employment Judge Brown in London was ruling on an unsuccessful attempt by the firm to strike out a claim brought by former head of employment Noel Deans.

Mr Deans launched proceedings in February 2020 claiming unfair dismissal, race discrimination, whistleblowing protection, victimisation, harassment and failure to provide a safe place of work.

He is suing the law firm, Ms Foulston, founder and senior partner Ian Rosenblatt, and director and compliance officer Anthony Field.

Judge Brown said the respondents admitted that Ms Foulston “used at a dinner (in front of the claimant) the phrase ‘n***er in the woodpile’”.

They also admitted that, after Mr Deans alleged in his resignation letter that he had suffered race discrimination, Mr Rosenblatt said to him that he was “just a f***ing anti-Semite”. Mr Rosenblatt then raised a grievance against Mr Deans because he thought Mr Deans’ “suggestion that he was racist was untrue”.

Speaking to Legal Futures, Mr Rosenblatt said he had called out Ms Foulston’s language at the dinner and spoke the words in response to something Mr Deans had said.

We have approached both Ms Foulston and Mr Deans for comment.

Mr Rosenblatt said they were strongly contesting the claim – which he said was at its core a constructive dismissal dispute – and noted

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Did your car flood in southwest IL? Here’s how to file an insurance claim

  • August 7, 2022

As residents of southwest Illinois and the greater St. Louis area try to navigate flood lossessome may look to file insurance claims for automobile damage.

Comprehensive coverage isn’t always required, but if you have that type of plan, it may cover repairs or replacement of your vehicle after your deductible has been met.

Limits may apply to how much insurance companies will give you for repairs or replacement.

Water damage may be covered if your car is stuck in floodwater or if driving through water causes damage to your vehicle. Other types of storm damage may also be coveredsuch as damage from fallen tree limbs or hail, according to Progressive’s website.

Insurance plans typically do not cover after-market electronics, including GPS devices, stereos or anything else the owner installed.

You should review your policy or contact your insurer for the specifics of your coverage.

How can you file an insurance claim for flood-related car damage?

The first thing to do is to take pictures and video of your car submerged in water and try to show the water level. The water level can make a difference in whether an insurance company determines your car is totaledaccording to car media site Motortrend.

Once you’ve documented the damage if possible, you can begin the claim process. Most large insurance companies offer online claim systems along with apps, where you can report damage or place your claim over the phone.

It’s best to submit your claim as early as possible and take detailed notes throughout the process, Motortrend says. While mechanics examine your car and your insurance company investigates the claim, check for any damage that may not have been immediately visible.

The claim process will vary by insurance company, but here’s what the process looks like according to

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