A senior Slater and Gordon lawyer and his paralegal have been fired for repeatedly shagging in the firm's London office.
On one occasion a security guard doing his rounds heard the pair going at it hammer and tongs. When the lovers were interrupted during another knee-trembler by a junior staffer, the flustered head of department, whom RollOnFriday is not naming, asked to meet the employee privately later on to reach an understanding. Instead the junior went straight to HR.
Slater and Gordon started an investigation and discovered that the pair had not just been enjoying the unique frisson a work environment can lend to the pleasures of the flesh. It emerged that the senior lawyer used his position to extend other privileges to his lover which he had denied her fellow paralegals, including the right to work from home.
Both the partner and the paralegal were sacked in September. RollOnFriday is not naming the paralegal, who is now employed at another firm, but understands that she was also seeing another solicitor in a different team without either of the men knowing about the other.
A spokesman for S&G said "OMG you're not publishing this are you?". (Not really: they declined to comment.)
With late nights, close contact and shared emotional highs and lows, law firms have long been the Strictly Come Dancing of professional services. It's the story told by the dented files at Clifford Chance, the polished desk at Wilkie Farr and the smudged bonnet in a Magic Circle car park. At least it was consensual.