How faux bonus news should be delivered.
Stephenson Harwood has apologised after it announced bonuses for lawyers working in its Singapore office, then gave them far smaller ones.
Staff were told to log on to the firm's internal system to view their bonuses and pay rises in June.
A source said lawyers then received calls from the partners confirming the figures "and giving the obligatory 'thank you' for the office doing once again the best financially out of all offices in the SH network".
When payment day rolled around at the end of July, "the numbers written for our bonus payments did not", said a source.
Instead they were all paid "significantly less" than the promised figure, less than half as much in some cases, said insiders.
Partners remained silent on the shambles, although staff did receive a verbal apology from HR.
Martin Green, Stephenson Harwood's Singapore office managing partner, said, "We regret that a number of associates from our Singapore office were initially given incorrect information about bonus payments, which suggested that the bonus they would receive was higher than was actually awarded, and we appreciate the impact it has had on them".
He said the mistakes were the result of human error, "for which the affected associates have received a full and unreserved apology; it shouldn't have happened".
"We are carrying out a thorough review of our processes and will be implementing changes to our approach, to ensure that nothing similar happens in the future", said Green.
Stephenson Harwood made headlines around the world in April when RollOnFriday revealed its plans to pay lawyers less if they continued working from home. The impact of this mishap will be smaller, and limited to Stephenson Harwood lawyers seeking to downgrade the hotel rooms, handbags, heels and golf clubs they purchased when they erroneously believed they'd be swimming in it.