The development of enormous corporations dismissing companions for wrongdoing following inner investigations continues with Clyde & Co right now (12 October) saying the dismissal of a senior accomplice after investigating complaints of ‘inappropriate behaviour’ from two feminine legal professionals.
The accomplice – primarily based outdoors the agency’s Metropolis HQ – was dismissed by the agency on 28 September following an inner investigation. Authorized Enterprise understands that no non-disclosure agreements (NDA) have been signed in relation to the complaints, and that the agency has self-reported to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
A Clydes spokesperson stated: ‘We maintain ourselves to the very best requirements of behaviour and anticipate all of our companions and employees to behave with integrity, keep excessive moral requirements and to respect native and world regulatory environments always.
‘Allegations of inappropriate behaviour had been made towards a accomplice. When the allegations got here to mild we carried out an inner investigation. The result of the investigation is that the accomplice has been dismissed from the agency with speedy impact. Out of respect for the privateness of these involved we is not going to be commenting additional.’
A spokesperson for the SRA stated: ‘We’ll take a look at all of the out there proof earlier than deciding on the suitable motion.’
This dismissal echoes the same sacking of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan accomplice Mark Hastings in Could this yr. Hastings was fired after an unbiased investigation into ‘inappropriate behaviour’, primarily based on accusations by two employees members. Mishcon de Reya’s Alison Levitt QC carried out the probe, along with her findings introduced on 26 April. Hastings was expelled with out compensation on eight Could.
Hastings has already discovered new work nevertheless, with Mayfair litigation boutique saying yesterday (11 October) it had employed him, despite an ongoing SRA investigation.
Elsewhere, a Baker McKenzie accomplice left that agency in February after allegedly sexually assaulting an affiliate. A evaluation by Simmons & Simmons discovered a ‘variety of shortcomings’ in Bakers dealing with of the incident.
In the meantime, eight regulation corporations are identified to be below some type of SRA investigation associated to circumstances surrounding NDAs and harassment, together with no less than three main corporations.
For extra on the difficulty of Metropolis regulation’s dealing with of NDAs, see ‘Draining the swamp – Do NDAs signify a #MeToo downside for the occupation?’