Norton Rose Fulbright has accidentally circulated a confidential document to its staff revealing how much its lawyers have billed.
The embarrassing gaffe occurred last week. On Thursday, the firm's management erroneously circulated a pdf to all EMEA staff with details of billable hours clocked up per fee-earner. The sensitive data remained visible to staff for a day as a panicked IT team scrambled to remove the information, finally scrubbing it from everyone's server on Friday.
Although the mistake was eventually rectified, it was presumably sufficient time for nosy lawyers to have a glance at what their peers were billing. And also to discover which associates pretending to be shafted were punching out early.
Despite always being at his desk, colleagues were shocked that Miles had only billed three hours this month.
“We experienced an internal IT systems glitch and took immediate steps to resolve the matter," said a Norton Rose Fulbright spokeswoman. She added "No client data was involved.”
NRF is not the only firm to have had a cock-up with its data recently. Earlier this month, Watson Farley & Williams had to remove a video from YouTube which exposed confidential client and partner information. While in August, Paul Hastings accidentally sent an email to its UK training contract applicants which revealed all the candidates' identities to each other. And in July a new Winkworth Sherwood partner came a cropper after failing to blind copy 600 contacts taken from his former firm in an email informing them of his move.