Why was she even punished? It's the only way to travel.
A legal secretary has been banned from the profession for using Skadden's corporate account to fly around the world with her friends and family.
Amoy Clarke joined Skadden's London office in 2001, but she was fired in 2019 when the firm discovered she had enjoyed a very good time on the company's dime.
For three years from late 2015 until she was sacked, Clarke misused two of the US firm’s air miles accounts to book flights and redeem hotel vouchers for herself, her friends and family "without authority or consent from the firm". In total she had booked 80 flights on 55 separate occasions.
In an outcome reached by SRA decision, Clarke was found to have been dishonest and ordered to pay the SRA's £600 costs.
The regulator ruled that "it is undesirable for her to be involved in a legal practice", even though she made Skadden 55 times more jetset. Because Clarke is not a solicitor, the order was framed as a prohibition against solicitors or their staff employing her.
Clarke has already moved on and is now working at a prestigious girls' school. Its profile of the soaraway secretary says she "played at a high level", albeit in reference to netball rather than her jaunts at 36,000ft.
Skadden did not respond to a request for comment.
Unilaterally upgrading the employee perk package has tripped up several people in the legal sector. The legendary Linda Box nicked £4m from clients to fund an obsession with new clothes. She also bought her son an £800,000 vintage wine collection and splashed £236k on publicity for her husband's funeral parlour.
Former Hogan Lovells partner Christopher Grierson was jailed for three years in 2012 after he pleaded guilty to stealing £1.3 million from his firm in a four year travel expenses scam, most of which went on his mistress.