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KWM partners under fire for leaving office like a ‘student flat’ with client files ‘littering’ office floor

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The firm’s administrator is remaining tightlipped over the accusations

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King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) partners are under fire amid allegations clients’ confidential files were left scattered on the office floor in the run up to the firm’s collapse.

A report published yesterday claims that documents containing client information were left “littering the floor” of KWM’s London office.

With an unnamed source quoted by The Lawyer Magazine (£) comparing the scene to “shared student flats”, the story states that lawyers for the firm’s administrators, Quantuma, wrote to all KWM partners yesterday to “remind them of their regulatory responsibilities”, particularly those relating to client confidentiality.

A spokesperson for Quantuma declined to comment on the accuracy of the report.

The news comes days after Legal Cheek revealed an incredible email bust-up between two of KWM’s top lawyers. New York-based partner George Pinkham and Timothy Taylor QC, who is based out in Dubai, exchanged online blows over who was to blame for the demise of the firm.

And while KWM’s postmortem gets underway the rescue effort to save the firm’s stricken trainees is in full swing.

In the past 24 hours, White & Case and DLA Piper have joined the likes of Allen & Overy, Hogan Lovells, Ashurst, Fried Frank and Linklaters in taking on some of those left in training limbo. The London office of the US giant confirmed that one current KWM trainee will be joining at the end of the month, while another ten are currently being “assessed”. Meanwhile, DLA is understood to have taken on four KWM trainees and nine support staff.

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Anonymous

Lol.

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Care4lawyers

PLEASE DON’T LOOK AWAY!

Things have never been bleaker for poor Cecilia. Her training contract at KWM law turned out to be worth less than the empty toilet roll tubes that litter the war-torn KWM offices. Her expensive education had all been for nothing…

Cecilia thought she had it all- a life of 18 hour days of fulfilling, engaging work, supplemented by generous remuneration. But now her world has come crashing down around her. With no toilet roll to dry her tears, she, along with her fellow outcasts, were forced to use confidential client files to dry their river of tears.

Cecilia’s lowest point came when she started wetting the bed due to stress, but could not even afford Tena Lady pants. She had to resort to using old copies of the Daily Telegraph to keep her bed dry. Combined with the constant crying, Cecilia nearly died through dehydration…

But fortunately, you can help. For a donation of just £5K per month you too can help to save an abandoned law trainee like Cecila from having to work on the family equestrian farm in order to claim that she still has a job.

Please, please call 0800 106 107 and give just £5K per month. Your donation will help abandoned trainees like Cecilia set up their own “boutique” hipster businesses in Shoreditch, and give them a reason to get up in the morning rather than stay in bed in an opioid-induced haze.

Please, give just £5K a month, or whatever you can afford.

Thank you.

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Big fan of yours

I’m afraid this schtick got very old mate, time to give it a graceful retirement.

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Care4lawyers

It is with a heavy heart that, after a brief and sincere campaign, we have decided, regrettably, that it is time to call it a day.

There were simply not enough people willing to donate just £5K a month to support abandoned commercial law trainees.

Thank you for everyone who has supported us at this difficult time.

Tarquin, Jemima, Anton and Celia are all now in therapy, and we wish them a speedy recovery.

x

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Anonymous

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The Konman

Really Tommy? I thought we were mates.

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Anonymous

Massuve ata protection breach – in an age where anyone can take their phone out and take a snap as evidence of the total shambles. What a joke.

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Anonymous

*data protection breach

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Anonymous

In a situation like this (where there is no firm left) could claims be brought against the individual partners?

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Support doc blozza

I sincerely hope so. It would be incredibly satisfying to see these idiots get flogged for the mess they created.

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Anonymous

LLP

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QC savage

Wow
Data protection act 1998 s.1-8 in full of effect
Representation of the people act 1993 relating to corruption
Fraud by Misdescription
Fraud by misrepresentation
Defamation act 1996 s.1
Criminal damages act 1971,s.1.1,s1.2

that would be for starter’s

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Anonymous

Starters sound amazing … what is for the mains

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AnonEmouse

A sashimi of revenge… (best served cold)

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Anonymous

Maybe they were desperate because they ran out of toilet paper and KWM training contracts to wipe their backsides with?

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Salacious gossip

Rumours have it most of the confidential client papers were sprayed with torrents of IBS-induced partner diarrhoea.

No doubt a product of those tense hours spent on the phone dealing with recruiters, negotiating the fat golden handshake awaiting at the prospective US firm the partner was joining.

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Salacious gossip

Rumours have it most of the confidential client papers were sprayed with torrents of IBS-induced partner diarrhoea.

No doubt a byproduct of those tense hours spent on the phone dealing with recruiters, negotiating the fat golden handshake awaiting at the prospective US firm the partner was joining.

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Biq diq

what a mess 🙁

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