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An Allen & Overy lawyer has been hospitalised after collapsing in the office, but the firm had ruled out overworking as the cause.
The associate was taken to hospital following the incident this week.
A&O rebuffed claims that the incident was sparked by exhaustion due to a particularly demanding high profile client.
A source claimed she was “overworked like all the other associates” working on the client’s matters, adding that partners “are beasting associates with crazy instructions and timelines” handed down by the client.
They said that the client’s in-house lawyer could often be seen going over to A&O lawyers’ desks and “making demands” while “sipping on our diet Cokes”.
”It’s basically like working at an elite US firm”, they said.
In 2017 an associate in the Magic Circle firm’s Dubai office was hospitalised with exhaustion due to overwork when junior lawyers were said to be regularly working 18-20 hour days, seven days a week.
However, a source close to the firm told ROF that the lawyer who collapsed this week had not been overworked and had been averaging under 30 hours a week. In addition she had not been working for the client in question, they added.
A spokesperson for A&O said, “A colleague was taken ill in one of our offices earlier this week and we are doing all we can to support them as they recover”.
“As part of our follow-up, we have looked into the cause and we are satisfied that their illness was not related to workload. Wellbeing is a key focus for us and we look to build a nurturing environment where we support all our colleagues.”