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The partner in my department ‘threw me under the bus’ with an issue on a case which was outside of my control. Without going into detail, it was a big client and she was saving herself. Understandable but naively, I was expecting better.

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Once you realize that someone will do that, deal with them accordingly at all times—protect yourself. It’s easy enough to do when you are prepared for it. What’s that phrase: fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

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Agree strongly with everything said… Calendars, email, meeting notes and slack are your friend. 

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Well I'm sure that sucked but preserving partners relationship with a client is more important than preserving paralegals relationship a client. Other than client, did she blame you internally too?

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Thank you for sharing, I guess it can’t be helped. This isn’t the first occasion and I’m noticing frequently that I’m taking the fall for things that are not within the remit of my control. I.e either caused by a third party or the partner taking too long to sign things off.. leading to issues caused by delay. I’m feeling abit fed up at this stage.

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Get everything discussed in writing. If you two have a conversation over zoom/in person, follow up with an email confirming what you both discussed so it’s clear on what expectations are of you two. This avoids a sour relationship but also falls under the CYA mentality, which you should definitely have after what they’ve done to you.

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That makes sense, but part of being a good leader is sometimes stepping in front of that bus for you. If you have a good relationship with the partner, maybe discuss how it’s affecting you and see if there’s a way to help avoid this problem in the future so no one feels bad about it.

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Funny thing is, if I were the client and I saw the partner treating their team this way, it would look bad on them, partner is ultimately responsible, so let them take that responsibility. Also, Nothing more shows leadership and confidence then when someone says "this is my responsibility, I didn't check this enough, let's fix it".

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