How a partnership retirement begins.
A partner at Slaughter and May has left the firm and been reported to the Solicitors Regulation Authority following an internal investigation.
Slaughters declined to say why Oliver Storey departed or why it called the regulator over his conduct. It was equally tight-lipped with staff. In a brief email headed "Retirement", Senior Partner Steve Cooke informed everyone at the Magic Circle firm on Tuesday that Storey had retired "with immediate effect".
Storey joined the firm as a trainee in 2006 and was made up to the partnership in its financing team in 2016. Even just four years on the letterhead means he should have about £4m to fall back on, if he was careful. Which, it seems, he may not have been.
Cooke's email summed up Storey's career at Slaughter and May in one line and was noticeably lacking in warm words. It was "by far the record in terms of shortest retirement email for a partner", observed a Slaughters lawyer.
The firm said in a statement that it expected "the highest standards of behaviour from all our partners and staff", and that "If these standards are called into question, we will not hesitate to investigate promptly and take whatever action is required”.
Storey did not respond to a request for comment.
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