Paul Hastings accidentally sent an email to its UK training contract applicants which revealed all the candidates’ identities to each other.
Blundering staff made the mistake while attempting to notify applicants about another error affecting Paul Hastings’ 2021 trainee recruitment process. Due to a technical glitch the firm needed to extend the deadline for training contract applications to 2 August.
Unfortunately, the email notifying candidates of the delay was sent out in an unconcealed email chain which revealed the names of all 386 recipients, and their email addresses and university addresses, to every other applicant.
Friendships ruined, lives destroyed.
A spokesman for Paul Hastings blamed an outsourcer. "An email was inadvertently sent by a third party service provider to our 2021 trainee contract applicants", he told RollOnFriday. "We have reached out to those applicants as we continue to look into the matter further".
The firm declined to confirm if it had reported itself to the Information Commissioner's Office for a breach of data regulations.
The send button has proven to be one of humankind's greatest foes. Just last month it bested a Winkworth Sherwood partner, who failed to blind copy 600 contacts into an email introducing them to his new firm.
Update: An exposed student has said that those 386 recipients comprised candidates who had not yet completed their online applications. So, luckily for PH, more than 400 people probably applied for a training contract.