A Capsticks partner was dismissed for inappropriate conduct this month, according to inside sources. The firm would not comment either way, but a source close to management disputed the contention that the axed partner's offending behaviour came about while he was inebriated.
Capsticks appears to be taking a hard line on ill-behaved partners. RollOnFriday revealed in April that it terminated a male (they're always male) partner for "inappropriate conduct". RollOnFriday is not naming the allged wrongdoers.
The leaving party was a cracker.
A senior Addleshaw Goddard partner has left, too, following an investigation into allegations of bullying, harassment, and pregnancy and maternity discrimination conducted by a fellow partner and the HR director. He was suspended in June. He resigned, prior to any ruling of gross misconduct according to a source.
A spokesman for Addleshaw Goddard said, "We do not comment on the reasons for partner departures or about stories relating to specific partners", but did confirm that the partner "has been on garden leave since June 2019".
He continued, "As a general statement about working within our firm, we strive for a culture which is both supportive and inclusive and we will do all we need to do to ensure that we live up to the expectations we set for ourselves".
The ex-AG partner told RollOnFriday he made the "difficult decision to leave" because "I felt that my career aspirations would be better served elsewhere following a number of internal discussions". He said the allegations "are untrue and cannot be substantiated”.
Meanwhile, a prominent London Jones Day lawyer has been given his marching orders by Steve Brogan, Managing Partner and all-powerful keeper of the US firm's black box of partners' remuneration.
There is no suggestion that the Jones Day man was encouraged to leave as a result of being a menace. However, said sources, he left having "foisted himself on many unwilling female associates and trainees", having "got an associate pregnant", and having "slept with a newly-wed female associate". He has now received "the Brogan letter and his iron mountain box", said an insider. And hopefully a gold chastity belt instead of a watch.
"And not before time", according to a source who described him as a "a horrible sleazebag who got away with it for far too long". The source is understood to have contributed little, if anything, to the partner's farewell fund.
While boorishness is a quality which several female JD partners say the firm tolerates in its male partners, the firm did actually suspend a partner in the London office earlier this year after allegations of sexual harassment.
News of the under-the-radar exits follow plans unveiled by Freshfields last week to fine its partners a percentage of their drawings if they are caught being naughty. That decision came after former Freshfields partner Ryan Beckwith pulled the Magic Circle firm into a PR nightmare when he fought the SRA's contention that he brought the profession into disrepute by having sexual contact with a more junior Freshfields lawyer. He resigned just before the SDT judgment against him was made.