A former Pinsent Masons IT service desk analyst has been prohibited from working in the legal industry by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for sending offensive messages to a female colleague.
Mansoor Hussain was employed by Pinsent Masons in the U.K. between 4 November 2019 until 5 June 2020, when he was dismissed for gross misconduct.
The SRA found that Hussain sent a number of messages “which contained offensive language” while working at the firm.
In its published decision, the regulator noted that: “Between 15 May 2020 and 28 May 2020, Mr Hussain sent a number of messages via the firm’s internal communication channels to another member of staff, which contained offensive language directed towards the recipient.”
The SRA added: “These messages continued after the recipient had asked Mr Hussain to stop contacting her.”
The regulator ruled that “it is undesirable for him to be involved in a legal practice” in a number of ways. These included: “no solicitor shall employ or remunerate him in connection with his/her practice as a solicitor”, and that “no recognised body shall employ or remunerate him”—except in accordance with the SRA’s permission.
Hussain was given a written rebuke and ordered to pay the SRA’s costs of £600.
The SRA ruling did not include further details.
Law.com International was unable to contact Hussain for comment. Pinsent Masons declined to comment.