A graduate recruitment assistant and trainees from Stephenson Harwood have been overheard on a train laughing at the awfulness of the candidates applying for jobs at the firm.
A lawyer travelling on this week's Thursday morning service from London Paddington to Bristol realised that the three women sitting nearby were a grad rec assistant and two trainees from the firm, on their way to man a stall at Bristol University's law fair.
Contacting RollOnFriday live from the carriage, the lawyer said the grad rec assistant was reviewing applications for training contracts or vacation schemes when one of the trainees "takes hold of one of them" and "reads it aloud". At which point "they all start making fun of it and laughing".
All aboard the 9am to YOUR CV SUCKS
The unimpressed passenger said it seemed as if the trio, which RollOnFriday is not naming, had "forgotten that other lawyers might be on the train, from competitor firms, and how hard people still find getting training contracts".
"No wonder City lawyers have the reputation of being pretentious and arrogant", said the eavesdropper, "which is unfortunately unlikely to change if these are the actions of our future lawyers, and those choosing our future lawyers".
At least none of them was picking their nose.
A spokesman for Stephenson Harwood said the group's behaviour "falls below the expectations we have of our people and the expectations that our trainee applicants have of us". He said, "We take confidentially very seriously, and will be taking steps to prevent anything like this happening again”. Ubers?