Ince Gordon Dadds has launched an internal investigation after members of his management team were accused of abusing a restaurant worker in Cardiff.
Cora restaurant owner Lee Skeet tweeted an image of an email which The Telegraph said was addressed to Ince’s finance and administration chief, John Biles, in which he accuses staff management of Biles for abusing one of his employees, a front of 22 years. of the house – claiming that she was “reported, disrespected and touched in unwanted ways by members of [the] group”.
The tweet currently has over 130,000 likes.
Biles was present at the meal, a person with knowledge of the matter said, adding that Ince’s management team was attending a two-day meeting.
A spokesperson for Ince added: “The company has become aware of allegations in the media regarding senior executives attending a dinner on Wednesday evening. The Independent Administrators have therefore opened a formal investigation. While it is ongoing , it would be inappropriate to comment further.
According to Skeet’s tweet, the team’s bill was £1,000. Skeet added that the party left no tip. After initially saying he would refund the entire bill less £100 to Ince, Skeet then tweeted that he had now decided to give the £1,000 to the employee in question.
Skeet permanently banned senior lawyers from the restaurant and suggested to Biles in his letter that he “should assess the people you surround yourself with.”
As part of discussions with management, Biles had announced that he would be retiring in the coming months. A spokesperson said the retirement was unrelated to the current allegations.
The conduct of corporate lawyers is a recurring theme in the industry, with firms coming under increased scrutiny following several high-profile investigations.
In March a partner of Hogan Lovells left the company following an internal investigation into gross misconduct, while last month Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer found no evidence of misconduct in an investigation into a German partner by Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe.