Despite Latham & Watkins’ work with homelessness charity Centrepoint, the firm’s office has spikes outside to keep away rough sleepers.
The anti-homelessness spikes controversy has reached the legal profession, with Legal Cheek spotting these uncomfortable-looking metal studs outside the London office of top international law firm Latham & Watkins.
The presence of the crude anti-homelessness device is especially embarrassing for the firm given its work with homelessness charity Centrepoint. Recently some Latham & Watkins solicitors — whose salaries begin at £98,000 upon completion of their training contracts — slept rough for a night to raise funds for the charity, with the firm also providing employment and mentoring opportunities to homeless people through a Centrepoint programme.
The furore over anti-homelessness spikes began over the weekend after a picture of them adorning the porch of a London block of flats appeared on Twitter and was then picked up by the mainstream media.
Anti homeless floor studs. So much for community spirit 🙁 pic.twitter.com/Yz8VF7Ryid
— Ethical Pioneer (@ethicalpioneer) June 6, 2014
Legal Cheek understands that Latham & Watkins shares its 99 Bishopsgate building in the City with 12 other tenants. The firm declined to comment.