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City in-house lawyer faces trial over allegation of sexual assault

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Defendant accused of smacking a woman’s bottom, pouring a beer over her and calling her an “Australian slut”

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Allegations of sexual assault and racial abuse have been made against a City solicitor, Alastair Main (pictured below). The allegations are that he lifted up a 27-year-old woman’s skirt, slapped her bottom and called her an “Australian slut”.

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35-year-old Main who, according to the Law Society, is legal counsel at Schroders, is also accused of pouring a pint of beer over the 27-year-old’s head at the London Rowing Club in Putney last December (pictured top).

University of Nottingham law-graduate Main — who trained at City law firm Ashurst, according to his LinkedIn profile — appeared before Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court yesterday to enter his pleas. He pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault and not guilty to one count of racially aggravated assault.

According to the Mail Online, Ruth Alabaster, prosecuting, told the court yesterday:

The defendant pulled up her skirt and hit her on the bum. There is an allegation of pouring a drink over her head and pushing and shoving and earlier in the evening he called her an ‘Australian slut.’ CCTV is to be relied upon in this matter. I’m sure this case will turn on that.

Main, who has represented England in rowing competitions, has also worked at Coutts & Co, the Queen’s bank. According to press reports he will appear at trial later this year.

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