Jul 9, 2020

Barclays bankers comments show ‘focus on money . . . and sexism’, court told

Roger Jenkins, once one of Britain's highest-paid bankers, referred to Amanda Staveley as a "Tart" in a phone call as Barclays bank sought to arrange £7.3bn in emergency funds at the height of the 2008 financial crisis, the High Court has heard. Mr Jenkins then told Mr Boath: "Well, I am - you know, I'm going to call the tart; I was going to call the tart." The trial has already heard that Mr Jenkins, who received a £25m bonus after spearheading the Qatari fundraisings, complained about Ms Staveley taking the limelight from his then wife Diana Jenkins, who introduced Qatar's Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr al-Thani, then Qatar prime minister, to Mr Jenkins and Barclays. PCP's barrister Joe Smouha QC has already told the trial that evidence in the case, particularly telephone transcripts between bankers, show a "Particularly unpleasant type of what would now be called, I suppose, banter". Former Barclays executive Stephen Jones, who is due to stand as a witness for the lender, resigned as chief executive of bank lobby group UK Finance over derogatory comments he made about Ms Staveley in 2008, which are likely to be aired later in the case.

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