Some years ago, I dealt with an extremely difficult case where emotions ran high. An employee (who was still employed) brought claims against their employer and their manager.
The employee was unrepresented but wouldn’t communicate via Acas. I walked a tightrope during hours of telephone discussions with him as I wanted him to know that he was being listened to by his employer but equally wanted him to understand that I represented them and was not advising him. My file notes ran to several pages.
Once the matter was resolved, I received a mysterious package. The employee had evidently checked out my profile on the firm’s website (moral: be careful what you put in your biogs folks!) and had decided to send me a limited edition print of Damon Hill (original by Ross Wardle). He wanted to thank me for listening to him.
I discussed the matter with my then boss and my client who had no objection to me keeping the print. And thus it has loitered around my house for some 5+ years, it remains unframed (on my to-do list).
Now I am hoping to ask Damon Hill to autograph it so that it may be auctioned/sold for charity. The problem is, I don’t know Damon. I know some people who might know him and I’m in the process of contacting them. But if you are reading this and you know Damon, would you mind awfully pointing him in my direction?