Spare the rod, spoil the associate.
The senior partner of a boutique family law firm has chosen to motivate his lawyers by promising a "limited future" for anyone who uses incorrect case references, and threatening to "discipline" them for misfiling.
Moss Fallon has offices in Marlborough and Mayfair and is run by Justin Moss, the Senior Partner and a former Clifford Chance solicitor, and Harriet Fallon, the Managing Partner and a land management specialist, who founded the firm together 13 years ago.
An insider told RollOnFriday that a disciplinarian culture at the firm, which specialises in divorce and vies for work with the even-more-colourful Vardags, had caused them "acute anxiety".
In one all-staff email leaked to RollOnFriday, Moss wrote, "There have been a number of cars [sic] recently of wrong cases [sic] references on correspondence and pleadings. People pay quite a lot of money for us to get things right. Not wrong. There is a limited future for anyone who continues to make this mistake".
Moss excused his own mistake, adding, "Cases, not cars, but you get the picture".
In another edict, Moss made plain that misfiling correspondence "is not acceptable behaviour at this firm" and that "persistent offenders can expect to be disciplined".
Some readers will share Moss's frustration with sloppiness, while others will sympathise with the stress that can accumulate when just a typo causes a management meltdown. But which camp is right? Whichever one wins the poll: