When you realise a colleague is completely unguarded.
A Forsters partner has quit the West End firm following an investigation into allegations of misconduct.
‘Z’ had only recently joined the partnership at the Mayfair-based real estate and private client specialist, which employs 258 solicitors.
It was a short residency. On Monday all staff received a brief email from Natasha Rees, the firm’s Senior Partner, which stated that Z had tendered his resignation and accepted a position to work in-house as General Counsel at one of Forsters' clients “which he starts today”.
Staff were told to speak to two of the remaining partners in Z’s practice if they had questions about his matters, but no mention was made of the allegations. “We wish [Z] well with his move”, Rees signed off.
A source said it was claims about Z’s other moves which resulted in his sudden departure, and that he resigned after the SRA was told that he had been physically inappropriate with “multiple women” in the office.
A spokesperson for Forsters said, “We can confirm that a partner has resigned from the firm following an independent investigation. The matter is with the SRA and therefore we are not in a position to offer further comment”.
Forsters rebuffed an accusation that it had promoted Z to the partnership despite being aware of some of the allegations, saying that it had reported the matter to the SRA in line with its professional obligations.
“What we can say is that, as a firm, we expect the highest standards of professional integrity and conduct from all our people. Where concerns are raised, we take appropriate and swift action, as we did in this case”, the firm’s spokesperson said.
"We have had a report and are investigating before deciding on next steps", said an SRA spokesperson.
An insider told ROF that Forsters has booted two other partners in recent years “for conduct with junior women”, which had resulted in emergency training for partners.
Z did not respond to a request for comment from ROF via LinkedIn, other than to delete his profile.