Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Trainee Broker Wins Payout for Being Treated 'Like a Skivvy'; Bullied: Barnaby Hill Had Hoped to Learn Ship Broking but Instead Faced Abuse from His Boss

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Trainee Broker Wins Payout for Being Treated 'Like a Skivvy'; Bullied: Barnaby Hill Had Hoped to Learn Ship Broking but Instead Faced Abuse from His Boss

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Byline: TIM STEWART

A TRAINEE ship broker in the City who claimed he was treated as a"personal skivvy" and made to perform all manner of menial tasks by hisbullying boss has won an out-of-court settlement.

Barnaby Hill told a tribunal how he had to book his boss's flights, pay hiscongestion charge, tidy his desk, return a fancy dress costume, drive hisPorsche to the garage, get his Cartier watch repaired and help move hisfurniture to Germany.

Mr Hill, 27, who was educated at [pounds sterling]24,000-a-year public school Radley Collegeand Bristol University, said he wasted many hours of company time preparingaccounts for boss George Hulse's own firm and bidding for paintings at auction.

On one occasion, he rushed back from a Christie's auction to the office ofleading shipbroking firm Howe Robinson to send some urgent paperwork to itsclient BNP Paribas.

Mr Hulse allegedly screamed at him: "I don't give a damn about BNP Paribas. Whythe f *** did you leave the auction?" Another time, Stratford EmploymentTribunal in east London heard, "dictatorial" Mr Hulse was furious after twicemislaying his files and left Mr Hill a voicemail, falsely accusing him oftaking drugs. He said: "Barnaby where are my f***ing files? I mean, I asked youto do something and you can't f***ing do it. I'm f***ing furious with youBarnaby. You know, I asked you to do something very simple and you can't evendo that.

"I don't know what's wrong, whether you're on drugs or what." After complainingto the firm's directors in February 2006 that he was being bullied, Mr Hill wassacked from his [pounds sterling]22,500-a-year job that November, the tribunal heard.

Mr Hill, of Pimlico, sued Howe Robinson for more than [pounds sterling]100,000 on grounds ofunfair dismissal.

Had he become a successful ship broker, he says he would have earned millionsof pounds during his career. …

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