Steven remained remarkably sanguine.
A senior partner at BLM has been subjected to false allegations that they publicly aligned themselves with the IRA and shared an image of a beheaded Steven Gerrard.
RollOnFriday is not naming the partner, and a spokesperson for BLM said the individual has been "clear" with the firm that "at no point" had they posted "anything relating to said allegations".
An anonymous complainant alleged that the BLM partner "appears to have associated" themselves "directly or otherwise with bigoted views that support violence and appears to sympathise with the Irish Republic Army".
The complainant attached five images which they claimed the solicitor had posted on their Facebook account and subsequently deleted. One showed a meme of a seven week old foetus with the caption: "HUMAN BEING...LEGAL TO KILL FOR ANY REASON...TAXPAYER MONEY FUNDS ABORTION PROVIDERS".
Another image depicted the lawyer and purportedly their partner surrounded by superimposed portraits of the 1981 IRA hunger strikers. A second photo of the couple bore a superimposed invocation to wear an Easter Lily to "honour Ireland's Patriot dead". The Easter Lily is a symbol of remembrance for Irish victims of the 1916 Rising, but is controversial through its use in contemporary memorials to IRA members who died during the Irish Troubles.
The complaint, which was allegedly sent to legal regulators as well as senior figures at the firm, attempted to smear the BLM partner by claiming that they posted a mock-up of Celtic FC manager Ange Postecoglou holding aloft the decapitated head of Gerrard, who at the time was the manager of arch-rivals Glasgow Rangers. It claimed the BLM partner also circulated a call for people to storm Celtic's ground after a run of poor results:
However, there is no evidence the parter posted the memes or images. None of the cropped pictures attached to the complaint contained proof that they were produced or posted by the lawyer, and BLM strongly rejected the notion that its lawyer was responsible for them. "As far as BLM is concerned the anonymous allegations of inappropriate posts on social media are completely unfounded", a BLM spokesperson told RollOnFriday.
The failed hit job represents the latest attempt to derail lawyers' careers with elaborate hoaxes. Last month, a convicted fraudster went as far as fabricating a poster which falsely tied a solicitor to Russian oligarchs, then photographed it in situ in Temple and sent it to numerous news organisations.