Somebody at a top City law firm is using new anonymous app Yik Yak to reveal embarrassing work incidents

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By Thomas Connelly on

Yik Yak may have just reached the magic circle


Somebody at a leading corporate law firm in the City of London appears to be using new anonymous app Yik Yak to reveal embarrassing work incidents.

Last week the staff member at a firm based on or around Bunhill Row in London — home to magic circle firm Slaughter and May — revealed that he had suffered a major social faux pas on his very first day on the job.

Taking to the mobile app Yik Yak, our anonymous chap on the bog with trousers round ankles explains he had forgotten to lock the lavatory door. No harm done, you might think. Well, not until one of his new colleagues inadvertently crashed in.

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If that wasn’t bad enough, the anonymous Yik Yaker revealed that this was his first day at his new role at the unnamed firm.

For those unfamiliar with Yik Yak, the app allows users to see what is being discussed in any predefined geographical area of the world. It was launched in the US in 2013 and, owing to its anonymity function, it has become popular with American university students and its use is fast-spreading among their British counterparts.


However, there is considerable conjecture over the accuracy of the app’s geographical feature. Nonetheless, the area Legal Cheek was viewing when it stumbled on this social media gem was Bunhill Row.

In the spirit of fairness, other potential locations, alongside Slaughter and May, for this wince-making incident include fellow magic circle player Linklaters in Silk Street, and employment specialists Simmons & Simmons in Ropemaker Street. All three firms are a stone’s throw from each other in the City.

A host of other recent posts have been made in the same area outlining more general office gripes, but with the app lacking a “key word” search function they have disappeared into the ether.

Regardless of which firm is employing this hapless newbie, we hope the unnamed individual has overcome what must have been a traumatic experience. Just expect a lot more shit to come during the early years at least of working in corporate law.