The Hogan Lovells partner who was suspended for using his work computer to look at porn has now left the firm.
In November last year a lawyer with Irwin Mitchell*, whose London office is separated from Hogan Lovells by a narrow alleyway, looked out of their window and saw the Hogan Lovells partner watching skin flicks at his desk.
The Irwin Mitchell lawyer filmed the engrossed partner on a mobile phone and circulated it around their firm. The footage eventually made its way to staff at Hogan Lovells including the firm's HR department. At the time, Hogan Lovells said in a statement that "such behaviour is unacceptable" and that the firm had suspended the partner "pending a full internal investigation". Which ironically may have been exactly what the partner had been watching.
A spokeswoman for the firm has now told RollOnFriday, "after our investigation we agreed that the partner would not return after their suspension period and they are no longer with the firm". She added, "this incident is not a reflection of who we are and the culture and inclusive values we stand for.”
RollOnFriday is not naming the partner because, stupid as the act was, they would hardly be the first lawyer to browse porn at work. However, as a reader commented on last year's story, most staffers who want to view NSFW content are savvy enough to "head to the bogs" with their smart phone.
*RollOnFriday would like to clarify that, at a perhaps misguided attempt to be funny, we referred to Irwin Mitchell as a "rival" firm to Hogan Lovells in our original story. The mainstream media that picked up on this took it literally and re-quoted the comment. One reader noted the "blatant trolling by ROF to refer to an IM lawyer as a ‘rival’ to a HogLover. IM is a two-time Golden Turd champ - it will take a lot more self-lovers at HL before it receives such an accolade". Other readers reserved their contempt for the firm by re-branding it as Irwin Snitchell.