He was quite clear in his training contract interview.
The SRA has fined a former Ashfords trainee £2,000 for drunkenly slapping and squeezing his colleagues' bums.
By the time Oliver Conway's team had rolled from their Christmas meal into a nightclub, the trainee had "consumed a large volume of alcoholic beverages and was inebriated", the SRA found.
Prior to the December 2019 work event, Ashfords had warned employees to be mindful of the SRA's professional standards. However, once he was in the club, Conway offered 'Person A' a drink saying that he "had roofied it" (there was no suggestion he had actually spiked it), and then slapped her on the bottom "in a manner which was inappropriate and/or unwanted".
Later in the evening, Conway "squeezed Person B’s bottom, resulting in her pushing him away and telling him 'don’t do that'", then grabbed her around the waist and "dragged her away from a conversation", and "repeatedly pulled" her by the arm.
Conway was sacked after an internal investigation, but reported his own conduct to the SRA. He said he was so drunk he couldn't remember doing any of it, but accepted that it took place.
As well as admitting breaching the SRA Principles to uphold the public's trust and confidence in the profession and act with integrity, Conway also voluntarily wrote apology letters to Person A and Person B, and testified that he was "embarrassed and humiliated by his behaviour".
Despite recognising the mitigating factors, the SRA said being drunk was no excuse, and that his actions "demonstrated a lack of integrity and were serious", which merited a fine. Conway is now a paralegal at another firm.