City law firm trainee pukes on senior colleagues at awards ceremony

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By Alex Aldridge on

Stephenson Harwood rookie “extremely embarrassed” after vomiting on three associates


A leading City law firm has pledged to teach its trainees to drink more responsibly after one reportedly got so wasted at an awards ceremony that she threw up all over three associates also attending the bash.

The embarrassing incident apparently happened while the trophies were being handed out at the recent Law Society Excellence Awards at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane in central London.

Shortly after, it has been claimed that an ambulance had to be called for the Stephenson Harwood rookie.

After gossip about the mishap reached legal message board RollOnFriday, Stephenson Harwood — which, for the record, finished empty handed at the awards — issued this statement:

Our trainee is understandably extremely embarrassed and regrets drinking too much. She’s very grateful to her colleagues for being so forgiving. We spend considerable time teaching our trainees the essentials of law and wider business skills but clearly we need to emphasise more the skill of knowing when you’ve had one too many glasses of bubbly. It’s a lesson many of us learned the hard way!

Happily for the trainee in question — who has not been named — Stephenson Harwood has a pretty good retention rate, hanging onto 90% of its latest batch of new qualifiers. And judging by the tone of the firm’s statement, it looks like forgiveness may be a possibility.

Update: 8:56am — A witness who says she looked after the trainee denies that she was sick on anyone else.