KWM denies ‘damaging and decidedly not funny’ report that its toilet paper has run out

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By Alex Aldridge on

Partner slams magazine’s claim


A partner at stricken law firm King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has slammed a report in The Lawyer claiming that toilet paper at the firm has run out.

In a story published today, the paywalled online magazine quotes a “source close to the firm” as stating:

[T]he toilet paper ran out yesterday and the supplier refused to supply more. It’s another sign of a dismal state of affairs.

The Lawyer claims that the toilet paper supplier “is understood to be just one of a number of contractors to cease supplying KWM with goods this week” as the firm prepares to enter administration.

But in the last hour KWM’s London-based international finance partner Ian Borman has hit back, writing in an email to Legal Cheek:

Not only are the toilets fully stocked with toilet paper, but the staff at this firm are doing their absolute utmost in difficult circumstances to ensure that services to clients are provided in an orderly and calm manner. Any efforts to undermine that impression are damaging and decidedly not funny. They are potentially self-fulfilling, when in fact the atmosphere at KWM is sombre but utterly professional and calm.

In other KWM news, the London office of US firm Goodwin Procter is said to have applied for validation from the Solicitors Regulation Authority to take on five KWM trainees. The report — again in The Lawyer — remains unconfirmed, but sources have indicated to Legal Cheek that it is likely to be legit. As we revealed last month, Linklaters and Allen & Overy are leading a rescue plan to ensure that all 60 of KWM’s trainees complete their training contracts.

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