A male Addleshaw Goddard partner delivered a “tone deaf speech” at the Real Estate Burns Night dinner in front of key clients, a source has told RollOnFriday.
During the event, hosted at Ely Palace crypt earlier this month, the male partner made a "Toast to the Lassies" as part of the Burns Night tradition, with an AG female partner delivering the traditional "Reply from the Lassies".
However, a source told RollOnFriday that the male partner said in his toast that there should be no glass ceilings and that they should be “made of concrete” instead to stop women progressing.
The comment went down so badly that a key female client stood up and heckled before leaving the event, the source said, adding “it was all anyone could talk about after”.
However, the firm has denied this. An Addleshaw Goddard spokeswoman said: "Those familiar with the Burns Night tradition will understand that the address is based on a specific kind of humour and that is what was intended here. What is reported to have been said is inaccurate and would not in any event be the view of the speaker or of the firm."
And one reader reminded ROF: "If you're going to make a spectacle of yourself at a Burns Night, at least do it in style like John Young did at Hogan Lovells - come in on a zip line in full tartan battle dress, address the haggis and whip a dagger out of your sock to do so. Go large or go home".