Mishcon De Reya lawyers have been accused of using London's vermin to score free drinks. Some have queried whether the mouse they claim to have spotted was even real.
The Mishcon group, which included a qualified solicitor and a trainee, fell into Haz bar on Foster Lane after work earlier this month. The "very merry" band ordered some wine, and while the drinks were "cheap", said a witness, "a couple of them are trainees so on very little money" (£38,000). Which may explain why one of the women returned to the bar and said she had seen a mouse on the other side of the room, then demanded that their drinks should be free as compensation. When a suspicious customer asked who she was, she "totally kept her gaze" on the waitress, said a source, "even leaning over the bar to get closer to her", and replied that she was a litigation lawyer at Mishcon.
Suitably impressed, the waitress crumpled and the woman "went back to the table and celebrated the fact" that "she had got more drinks free". But, said a source, the lighting, "is so low in there I'm not sure how they would have even seen a mouse when they were sat around 30 feet away". Staff and at least one customer hunted for the mouse, but it "was nowhere to be found".
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A Tripadvisor review for Haz does note a mouse sighting ("One of the girls squeaked as she noticed a mouse was wandering around below the table").
RollOnFriday contacted one of the Mishcon group for comment, who confirmed that "we ordered a bottle of wine and halfway through the bottle my colleague and I definitely saw a mouse running underneath the tables to the left of me, in fact I jumped at it! My friend went up to the bar and complained and they were super nice and gave us three free glasses of wine, which we didn't complain about."
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