An Ashurst partner told secretaries to apologise to him one by one and made an associate do lines, RollOnFriday understands.
The partner, based in London, "threw his toys out of the pram" last Tuesday afternoon when his work was not prioritised by the secretarial team, said a source.
Ashurst made dozens of secretaries redundant last summer in a cost-saving exercise that was partly responsible for sending its profits-per-equity-partner rocketing from £743,000 to £972,000 this year.
In London, the result is that the remaining secretaries act for multiple partners. But when one of them handed over the little emperor's work to the separate document production team because they were prioritising more urgent tasks, he "snatched his manuscript amendment" from the docprod desk and "threw a tantrum in the middle of office, demanding that his work be done NOW", said a source.
The explosion made one new joiner cry, according to an insider. The partner then "demanded face to face apologies from each member of the secretarial team".
Spare the rod, spoil the secretaries and associates.
Taking a strict boarding school approach to training his lawyers, he apparently also made an associate "do lines" (not the white powder, the school punishment) for sending an email which contained a typo.
The partner suspected of being a tyrannical Victorian headmaster denied it was him*. If you know more, please write in. 500 times, after school. Also write in if you know the reason a member of the Ashurst board was recently sacked for a "conduct issue". Or if you've come across outrageous partner shenanigans at your own firm.
*Update: And he was right, it wasn't him. But we now know who it is supposed to be, thanks readers who wrote in.