Biglaw Partner Suspended For Watching Porn At Work

Biglaw Partner Suspended For Watching Porn At Work

It’s not every day that a Biglaw partner gets suspended for watching porn in his office, but today is apparently that day.

It seems that Hogan Lovells has disciplined an unnamed partner in its London office after he was caught watching an adult video while he was on the clock — and it wasn’t the firm’s IT department that made the illicit discovery. According to RollOnFriday, an attorney at the law firm Irwin Mitchell, which is located directly across a narrow street from HoLove, looked out the window and witnessed the Biglaw partner misbehaving at his desk. The Irwin Mitchell lawyer then whipped out a cellphone, filmed the partner in question as he indulged in adult activities at his desk, and sent the video to the Hogan Lovells HR team. Sources at the firm told RollOnFriday that this was a case of “Hogan (Self) Lovells,” which makes the situation all the worse.

Hogan Lovells has launched an investigation into this partner’s predilection for pornography. “We were made aware of an individual in our office misusing their computer to watch specific adult material (click here for more information about the most visited sites),” a Hogan Lovells spokesperson said in a statement given to ALM International. “Such behavior is unacceptable and we have suspended them pending a full internal investigation.” Here are more details from the firm:

“We didn’t block access to websites unless they represented a cybersecurity risk (e.g. they have malware on them),” the spokesperson said. “The nature of our work for clients sometimes means we need to carry out investigations in areas which require us to have flexible access. We have reviewed and tightened this policy.”

We’re not sure what’s more disgusting, the fact that a Biglaw partner may have been masturbating at his desk while watching porn at work, or the fact that a voyeur lawyer from a firm across the street watched the act as it happened, decided to film it, and then distributed another form of porn to Hogan Lovells. As an FYI for all parties who were involved in this gross scenario, you’re supposed to be performing pro bono work in your spare time, not pro boner work. You’re all gross. We seriously hope this helps!

EXCLUSIVE Hogan Lovells partner suspended after rival lawyer films him watching porn [RollOnFriday]
Hogan Lovells Suspends London Partner for Watching Porn at Work [ALM International]


Staci ZaretskyStaci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she’s worked since 2011. She’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her with any tips, questions, comments, or critiques. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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