I have a four year old son, sometimes when I read him a bedtime story, I use different accents/voices when distinguishing between characters. On occasions he does not want me to do this and I get heckled by the call “Use your norrrrmal voice”. I was reminded of this today…
Over the last couple of days I have sat in an Employment Tribunal. I will not and should not, make any comment on this case, especially as we are yet to get a judgement. I do however, have an observation to share (I say observation it is, I admit, more of a rant).
Why (oh why) do Barristers have to be so condescending.
I have listened to both the claimants and respondents excellent witnesses. All were cross-examined and then subsequently re-examined by two Barristers. I found both of these Barristers (but I admit one far far more than the other) to be, frankly quite rude.
I am not legally trained and accept that I am not qualified to comment on the idiosyncrasies of English Law but is leading a witness, making them flustered and/or question themselves really the best way to get the best out of that person for the purposes of an ET. In a criminal court maybe but is it necessary, for an employment setting I really don’t think so. Lets face it as an HR professional I would be particularly crap at my job if I talked to employees or managers like that – in fact I would possibly end up in an ET!
What do you think my fellow HR’ers? Was I right to want to shout “Use your norrrrmal voice”?