Clyde & Co has fired one of its most senior partners over his "inappropriate behaviour".
The partner, whom RollOnFriday is not naming, was ejected from the partnership last Friday. He was the head of one of its major teams and a recipient of industry awards. Sources described him as "incredibly senior", "very successful" and the "face" of Clyde & Co within his specialism.
However, in the last year two junior female members of his team made separate complaints to the firm about his behaviour. They said the partner was frequently "inappropriate" while very drunk at events, and encouraged team members to accompany him to strip clubs. A source said he was "fond of drinks and fond of strippers".
When the allegations came to light the firm carried out an internal investigation, and a spokesman confirmed to RollOnFriday that the outcome was the dismissal of the partner "with immediate effect". He said, "We hold ourselves to the highest standards of behaviour and expect all of our partners and staff to act with integrity, maintain high ethical standards and to respect local and global regulatory environments at all times". And, in a devastating blow to misogynistic male law firm partners aged 45 plus, "we do not tolerate inappropriate behaviour".
The C&C partner is now free to set up a boutique with this week's other fired head of department, but not one for which you would want to work.