To be sure of avoiding trouble he had the advice tattooed.
The 26-year-old trainee who laughs at your jokes? She doesn't actually fancy a paunchy, moon-tanned 60-year-old man.
That's the advice a law firm has for partners tempted to make a move on a junior lawyer, along with 14 other tips to prevent them from wrecking their careers by behaving inappropriately.
Following MeToo, firms and the SRA have given male partners increasingly short shrift when sexual assault or harassment claims have been made against them, and CM Murray says its "plain speaking" guidance is borne of the numerous sexual misconduct investigations it has been instructed on by firms.
The guide, "15 Self-Preservation Tips for Partners to Avoid Sexual Misconduct Risk", warns partners against consuming alcohol at work events, and reminds them to watch out for junior lawyers who are are plastered, too. "Someone who is too drunk to stand or get themselves a taxi, can’t make sensible decisions", it advises.
Ryan Beckwith's career at Freshfields imploded when he took a cab home with an inebriated junior lawyer. Beckwith eventually overturned the SDT's fine on appeal at the High Court, but not before his reputation was battered.
"No matter how interested and attracted they may seem to be in you at the time, the best thing you can do for their safety and wellbeing will usually be to step away and simply ensure they get safely into a taxi and send them home", suggests the guide.
There's also a sobering message for lonely lawyers who become partners and suddenly find themselves feted by underlings paying attention to them: "They’re just not into you in that way", insists CM Murray.
"That eager junior colleague who works hard for you, smiles and laughs at your jokes, is not interested in you romantically, repeat, they are not into you – they just want you to give them great work and help them progress in their career."
Drumming it home for the dinosaurs, the firm emphasises that locker room talk about a colleague's attractiveness "can easily be misconstrued" and should be avoided: "It's not the 90s anymore".
Even if a junior is genuinely keen on a relationship, CM Murray recommends that partners resist getting their jollies where they get their pay. "Do not date junior colleagues – and be very circumspect about dating peers too". Any suggestion of an imbalance of power will count against the accused partner if the regulator comes knocking, and if the relationship ends, "there is high risk of the fallout spilling over into work, especially if it is acrimonious", suggest the partnership specialists.
One reader told RollOnFriday they were "horrified" to see the tips, asking, "How about partners don’t sexually harass anyone?" Another remarked that it was "hilarious that this even needs to be written", unaware that in 10 years time he will be sacked for trying to woo a trainee by draping his coin purse over the mezzanine.