Top partner fired from London office of US law firm over ‘inappropriate behaviour’

Business Insider | 5/10/2018 | City AM
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A senior lawyer from the London office of US law firm Quinn Emanuel Uquhart & Sullivan was fired over allegations of "inappropriate behaviour."

According to the American Lawyer magazine, it is the second most profitable law firm in the world with average pay for equity partners standing at $4.7 million (£3.5 million).

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One of London's top litigation lawyers was fired this week from the City office of US law firm Quinn Emanuel Uquhart & Sullivan over allegations of "inappropriate behaviour."

Mark Hastings, who was best known for representing oligarch Boris Berezovsky in a series of long-running cases against Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, was fired this week after an investigation.

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Allegations of "inappropriate behaviour" were made against Hastings in February by two members of staff.

The firm said that it suspended Hastings and appointed Alison Levitt QC of law firm Mishcon de Reya to carry out an investigation.

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Levitt presented her findings to the firm on 26 April and Hastings was fired from the firm on 8 May, with immediate effect and without compensation.

In a statement the firm said: "Quinn Emanuel takes allegations of the nature made against Mr Hastings extremely seriously.

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"We will not tolerate abusive behaviour from anyone within the firm. Where allegations of inappropriate behaviour are brought to our attention, they will be investigated and appropriate action will be taken, without exception.

"We will not comment further at this stage out of respect for the complainants rights to privacy but we would say that we have not sought, nor will we seek, any form of non-disclosure agreement from the complainants in relation to the allegations that they have made."

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