According to reporting at Roll on Friday, an unnamed Hogan Lovell’s associate was suspended from the firm back in February after allegations of misconduct at a karaoke bar. The firm said they’d “been made aware of an alleged conduct issue that has arisen in our London office.”
Now that the investigation is complete, Roll on Friday has revealed the associate has been asked to leave the firm. And there are more details of exactly what happened:
Details of the incident have also emerged. In the course of a Hogan Lovells junior lawyers’ departmental drinks evening which ended up at the K Box karaoke bar in Smithfield, three attendees reported witnessing “highly inappropriate behaviour” from Rover [not his real name] towards two other members of their team, which included putting his hand up a lawyer’s skirt, according to sources.
Rover was the most senior lawyer at the event, suggesting that firms might benefit from a sober partner-level chaperone to keep a beady eye on social gatherings, at least until the excitement of irl parties dies down.
As for the firm statement, they had a rather bland, “Our internal processes have concluded and the matter is now closed.” But at least the firm actually seems to have done something in the face of wild associate behavior.
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