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After revelations of “Liberation” on the working conditions in his office, the media lawyer was declared guilty of breaches of the essential principles of the profession by the council of the order of lawyers of Paris. But the leniency of the suspension raises questions and controversy.
“Two months, but what a joke”, “just a vacation in Greece”. This is how the sanction pronounced against the lawyer Emmanuel Pierrat, by the council of the order of the Paris bar, is widely commented on on social networks. The famous literary Paris lawyer appeared before an ordinary court on June 28, following an investigation published by Release in February 2021, reporting behavior that could amount to harassment towards its employees. On Tuesday, the decision to suspend him from professional practice for two months (plus seven suspended sentences) was made public, arousing anger and even derision from part of the profession.
“White check to potential harassers”
These reactions are explained in particular by the significant gap between the requisitions requested by the president of Paris, Julie Couturier, twenty-four months of prohibition to exercise including eighteen firm, and the outcome. Contacted by Releasethe highest representative of lawyers in Paris believes that it should not stop there: “I took note of the decision rendered, but it is obvious that I do not have the same appreciation of this file, given my requisitions. So I made the decision to appeal because what we are trying to put in pla…