Ted Baker has appointed Herbert Smith Freehills to lead the investigation following allegations of inappropriate behaviour at the company, which includes a “hugging culture” allegedly enforced by founder Ray Kelvin.
The law firm will report to a committee of non-executive directors that will be chaired by Sharon Baylay, a former Microsoft UK executive who joined the retailer earlier this year.
This comes after around 200 staff members (male and female) signed an online petition to complain about Ted Baker founder Kelvin’s behaviour.
A petition called for “a way of reporting harassment to an independent, external body” and claimed that “HR has done nothing with the reports of harassment”. It stated: “Directors who abuse their power should be held to account. Harassment at Ted Baker is well documented but wilfully ignored by those in charge. It’s time to break the silence.”