Duncan Gillespie was suspended after things went badly wrong at the Litigation and Regulatory department drinks on Wednesday evening. Insiders at DLA say that Gillespie argued with disputes partner Nick Marsh and claim that he then punched Marsh, leaving him with bruising and broken glasses.
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The firm's reaction was swift, with an investigation being launched on Thursday and senior partners reportedly flitting between the offices of the two partners all day. By Thursday evening, Gillespie had been suspended. No action is being taken against Marsh.
A DLA Piper spokesman said: "The firm has suspended the partner in question whilst an investigation is concluded".