A firm has deleted its LinkedIn page after a saboteur hijacked its account and wrote a profile portraying it as useless.
'Minos Law', a small firm based in northern England, spent a panicked few days last week trying to persuade LinkedIn to take down the amended page. RollOnFriday agreed not to identify the firm by its real name after its Managing Partner begged for anonymity because "the damage to our reputation could ruin us".
"Falling apart at the seams...minos law is desperate for clients", ran its new tagline on the networking site.
Hopefully some readers were impressed by Minos Law’s unflinching appraisal. "Minos Law LLP is a useless and backward thinking boutique (short for crap) commercial law firm", began its overview. "We offer a low quality, very de-personalised service to our clients, delivered by inexperienced, low calibre expert lawyers."
"Our team includes 16 inept senior lawyers plus support staff", it boasted. "The quality and breadth of our lawyers' expertise means that we are unable to advise in sectors traditionally reserved for larger law firms, and as our growing reputation shows, we punch well below our weight".
Dom’s response to his exit interview was served cold.
"We make it up across a wide range of business sectors", continued the profile, which the firm was stuck with for several days.
"We strive for our clients’ failure, rather than just our own", interested parties were promised. As for potential joiners, "We regularly loose [sic] from our un-impressive portfolio of consultants, and welcome interest from top quality chancers who may wish to join us." Rest assured, "Our culture as a firm is refreshingly stuffy and impractical".
Even its name came in for derision. "The firm’s name, Minos, derives from Greek mythology”, explained the hacked profile. “Minos was the advisor to the devil. A lying cheat who stabs everyone in the back. This is what we aspire to be to our clients."
Alas, the impressively childish hatchet job has now been replaced by LinkedIn with a sad face and the message, "Oops! It's not you, it's us."
The incident serves as a useful reminder to firms not to sack anyone who's still holding its social media passwords.
"We were obviously shocked to find that our business profile on LinkedIn had been hacked in such a negative manner", the firm's Managing Partner told RollOnFriday. "This is a real warning to all businesses that they should regularly check and actively manage their online and social media presence on all platforms". Indeed. For those sacked by firms who aren’t diligent, here's that useful template in full: