It was all too much being back at the office.
Hogan Lovells has sacked an associate who allegedly put on a handsy performance at a karaoke night.
In February, RollOnFriday revealed that the firm had suspended 'Rover', not his real name, following allegations of serious misconduct. A spokesperson said at the time that the firm had "been made aware of an alleged conduct issue that has arisen in our London office", and that it was investigating.
The solicitor has now been asked to leave, said sources, following the conclusion of the probe.
Details of the incident have also emerged. In the course of a Hogan Lovells junior lawyers’ departmental drinks evening which ended up at the K Box karaoke bar in Smithfield, three attendees reported witnessing "highly inappropriate behaviour" from Rover towards two other members of their team, which included putting his hand up a lawyer’s skirt, according to sources.
Rover was the most senior lawyer at the event, suggesting that firms might benefit from a sober partner-level chaperone to keep a beady eye on social gatherings, at least until the excitement of irl parties dies down.
A settlement agreement has been agreed which grants Rover three months' gardening leave, RollOnFriday understands. In a statement, the firm said, "Our internal processes have concluded and the matter is now closed".
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