Reed Smith has fired a partner for sexual harassment.
RollOnFriday understands that the partner, who worked in the firm's London office, was found to have sexually harassed a female trainee many years his junior. The nature of the harassment is unclear.
In a statement a Reed Smith spokesman told RollOnFriday that the firm took "swift and appropriate action" as soon as it became aware of "the incident". Confirming that the "individual concerned" has left Reed Smith, he said that "the safety and well-being of all of our colleagues matter greatly to us, and we are committed to providing a positive and professional workplace for all our people”.
Reed Smith's action is the latest example of a law firm taking the inappropriate behaviour of its UK partners extremely seriously in the metoo era. Earlier this year RollOnFriday revealed that Dentons had suspended and then booted a partner after a sex act probe, that Clyde & Co had axed a partner for pressuring associates to accompany him to strip clubs, and that the victim of a senior Baker McKenzie partner was persuaded to enter into a non-disclosure agreement after he assaulted her in a hotel room. He subsequently left the firm, which undertook a root and branch review of its policies as a result of the story.
Clearly a lot of partners will have left Reed Smith for entirely legitimate reasons. Reed Smith declined to tell RollOnFriday whether it reported the one who exited under a cloud to the SRA.