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Ex-Linklaters partner sentenced for sexual assault on student intern at Oktoberfest party

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Three years and three months

Munich, Germany

A former partner at Linklaters has been sentenced to three years and three months in prison for sexually assaulting a female intern at a firm party.

German tax specialist ‘Thomas E’ was jailed yesterday by a Munich court for an assault that took place after the firm’s annual ‘After Wiesen’ party in 2014, according to local news website Juve. Legal Cheek understands that German officials have extended an injunction preventing publication of Thomas E’s full name.

On the evening of the assault, ex-Links corporate litigation partner Laurenz Schmitt confronted Thomas E and punched him in the face. He was handed a seven-month suspended sentence and 150 hours community service in 2016. Judge Josef Bonkamp agreed Schmitt was trying to protect the female student, but told the court that vigilantism was no excuse for his violent behaviour.

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Both Thomas E and Schmitt left the magic circle firm in 2014 following the incident. A Linklaters spokesperson said:

“We have always been mindful that there is a young student at the centre of this case. That concern has guided our behaviour and priorities throughout.”

At the time, Links launched an investigation after Schmitt reported the incident. The internal probe was overseen by then-London managing partner Robert Elliott and litigation partner Christa Band. Around 40 witnesses were called to give evidence in Thomas E’s trial including Elliott, Frankfurt banking partner Carl-Peter Feick, Frankfurt tax partner Jens Blumenberg and Munich tax partner Rainer Stadler.

Legal Cheek understands Thomas E will appeal.

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20 Comments

Anonymous

I’m no expect, but I’d check the terms of that injunction if I were you, as you name the person in the articles below.

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Anonymous

“expert” not “expect” – damn autocorrect.

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Anonymous

Auto-correct does not correct correct spellings…

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Not Amused

This is now sadly not true.

The modern world is really very controlling.

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Anonymous

As already stated on ROF, it only take 15 seconds to google and his name is available in its full glory!!!

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Jones Day Partner

Internal probe….

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Anonymous

Perhaps Baker & McKenzie should review and take notes on how they could in the future investigate and deal with accusations of assault?

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Anonymous

What sexual abuse did he commit?

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Anonymous

He raped a student intern

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Legna & Lived

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Legna & Lived

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Anonymous

Diddums

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

It would be fascinating to compare Christa Bands report with the trial conclusions. Same raw data. Two different judges. Would their be an agenda for each, hidden or otherwise.

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Anonymous

Legal Cheek didn’t bother looking into why there is an injunction against disclosing him full name? I would be more interested in that. Especially as he has now been convicted.

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Anonymous

There is an injunction because he is appealing.

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Anonymous

(That is why the injunction has been extended.). Another interesting legal point is that the German reports suggest alcohol was pleaded as a mitigating factor for this man, whereas it would be an aggravating factor here.

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Cynical Cynthia

All this for a young female? Such a shame. Should have kicked her out of the firm instead. A much more profitable outcome.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Developments lately are worrying. What next, you won’t be allowed to have sex with trainees?

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