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Hogan Lovells partner caught watching porn at work leaves firm

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Irwin Mitchell lawyer filmed the incident from an adjacent office

Irwin Mitchell’s office (left) and Hogan Lovells’ office (right)

A partner at Hogan Lovells who was suspended after he was caught watching porn at his office desk has now left the firm.

In November, it emerged that the unnamed partner was spotted looking at naughty videos on his work computer by a lawyer from Irwin Mitchell working in the adjacent office building. Images courtesy of Google (above and below) show that the two firm’s glass-covered London offices are only separated by a narrow alleyway.

A satellite image showing the close proximity of the two offices

As reported at the time, the lawyer from Irwin Mitchell (who presumably couldn’t believe what he or she was witnessing) filmed the incident on their mobile phone. Unfortunately for the partner, Hogan Lovells’ HR staff got wind of the incident and promptly suspended him “pending a full internal investigation.”

Several months on, and investigation now complete, RollOnFriday reports that the partner has now left the firm. A spokesperson for Hogan Lovells said:

“After our investigation we agreed that the partner would not return after their suspension period and they are no longer with the firm. This incident is not a reflection of who we are and the culture and inclusive values we stand for.”

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68 Comments

Anonymous

Seems a bit ridiculous. There is nothing wrong with porn. We all need a break from work occasionally – who is your employer to tell you whether you should be looking at Legal Cheek or a different type of cheek?

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Roy

“There is nothing wrong with porn.”

Sorry, you don’t have to be a prude to recognise that porn destroys marriages, exploits the women involved, leaves kids with a grotesque idea about sex and generally treats women like objects for pleasure.

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Anonymous

You must be REALLY fun at parties.

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Anonymous

Wrong attitude mate.

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Roy

Your willy must be REALLY small

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relax

your willy? lol, your ideas and vocabulary scream you’re a 16yo virgin. Btw porn is natural since you can’t be having sex all day wherever you are, plus it’s been studied that had it not been for the porn industry and prostitution rape rates would most probably increase. Lastly, sexual instincts are natural instincts so instead of cheating on your partner or feeling repressed you might as well watch porn to let off steam if at that point you feel like it and the circumstances allow it or if your partner e.g. is away for a little while. It might surprise you btw that a large part of women also watches porn.

Anonymous

“had it not been for the porn industry and prostitution rape rates would most probably increase”.

Don’t tarnish the entire male species as some sort of primitive farmyard beasts who will either be complicit in the exploitation of women or out raping them.

Go and read the studies about how damaging porn is to the women involved in it, instead of cherry picking the ones which validate your choices. Yeah sex is natural, paying women to degrade themselves (whether on or off camera) is not, and neither is watching videos of it at work. Any right-thinking person understands this, then again as someone who clearly delights in pornography and probably (ab)uses prostitutes your mind evidently isn’t right.

Before all the PornHub subscribers jump on me – do what you want in private, just stop insisting it’s harmless, natural and that men would be raping without it. Perhaps the sick ones would, but they’re beneath contempt and representative of nobody except themselves.

Anonymous

This comments thread shows just how low has this profession slumped to. Defending porn, really?

Anonymous

100% this. Thank goodness there’s someone sane on LC today.

Anonymous

Great news for all those senior Associates chomping at the bit to be let at the £££

Just needs a drug bust and a heart attack and they’re in the monaaaaay

Anonymous

1. Men are not farmyard beasts which is why I did not claim that Armageddon would occur without porn. However, rape many times derives from repression of sexual instincts, which porn mitigates. I do not want to base too much of m point on this argument, since it is still heavily debated and we would never arrive to an adequate conclusion.
2. Why is porn degrading to women exactly? There are women who enjoy sex and displaying themselves. I am not sure why this is so hard to believe.
3. Do not confuse the porn industry with prostitution. Porn is heavily regulated by laws and is a safe industry. Prostitution on the other hand can be easily exploited do to the difficulty of monitoring its activity, which is why there is a lot more female exploitation.
4. The only degrading thing here is your attitude, because you start your reasoning from a biased viewpoint that porn is unnatural and female porn acting stands at a lower vocational status. That is prima facie degrading to women who enjoy doing this as their job.
5. I am pretty sure a lot of people enjoy public sex which is why there are people who would also upload such activity on their own accord. Just because your view does not coincide with theirs, doesn’t mean you’re right or that porn is degrading. This could also explain why some of them might want to take it a step further and do this as their job.
6. What studies are referring to porn being damaging to women? Firstly, I do not understand in what way. You mean women in a relationship, in a sense that men lose their sexual urge towards them due to other options? They don’t need porn for that. You mean that men adopt a more cynical view towards sex? You mean women as actors? You can read their opinions and the fact that they enjoy it themselves. I have never found any such leading studies by the way. Unless of course you mean prostitution, where women frequently fall victims of sexual exploitation.

It is clear that your mind tells you women are the innocent flowers of society and men the big sexual bullies. That women would never enjoy having sex on camera to please other people. For the record I happen to know a person that went into porn because she just liked it, and both herself and her boyfriend were absolutely happy about it. I am not saying this is commonplace which is why not every person is in the porn industry. I am just saying it is not as far-fetched as you think it is or degrading.

Until now you haven’t offered any arguments, you are just plainly repeating your views. That shows me not only that you do not have strong foundations for your views but also that you can see where I’m coming from at least to a certain extent.

The whole gist of your point (without any support until now) is that women who have sex on camera or with a stranger for money are degrading themselves. Firstly, I do not understand why, it is a simple trade-off. Secondly, a woman who would not want to expose herself would not do it for any reasonable amount of money (obviously not talking about extreme cases, but no person would get paid 10 million just to expose themselves, and even if they did, the sum would justify the act, it is her decision in the end). Even if she is desperate, she has options, so porn is clearly her choice. The fact that porn pays more money than e.g. a waitress, which would supposedly influence her choice, should be seen as a compensation for the difference in the nature of the job; one being serving drinks the other exposing herself. Any reasonable person would take into account the dangers this decision could entail relative to their psychology and opt for something else. However, as the porn industry is so extensive and structured, I am sure a woman does not just walk in and say she wants to do porn, before going through continuous checks or without being handled with a sensitive and tactful behaviour.

I am not going to enter into the prostitution spectrum, because it is much more dubious and there are numerous issues. I am also not going to talk about exceptional countries were crime is flourishing on every respect such as Brazil or Cambodia and say that women there are sexually exploited, since those countries have criminal issues on too many sectors, to pinpoint porn as the only problem. Yes the porn industry there is dubious just as the financial, political, manufacturing, health, police and any other sector is (all of which should be fixed of course).

Anonymous

You’re having a bubble if you think anyone’s reading that

Anonymous

TLDR: single male attempts to justify his depraved porn addiction in diatribe unworthy of a C at GCSE for structure and grammar.

Anonymous

Quality rant: 6/10 for effort, 2/10 for content.

Now go fuck yourself you cretin.

Anonymoose

What is this, the Spanish Inquisition?

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Anonymous

I, for one, did not expect that.

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Anonymoose

I’m sure they did mate. That is why so many people were caught by the Spanish Inquisition and were tortured and/or set ablaze. I guess they were just eager to repent?

Anonymous

No. Many chose death over banishment or apostasy on a point of principle.

Anonymoose

Exactly. Many ≠ all.

Not a Bigot

Did you know that the idea that the Spanish Inquisition was a brutal and bloodthirsty system of justice has been completely debunked over the past 20 years?

The myth was fuelled by anti-Catholic bigotry, when ironically the Protestants’ equivalent regimes in Europe were far bloodier. By the standards of the time the Inquisition was enlightened in his reluctance to take lives and the conditions of its prisons

Anonymous

How does porn destroy marriages? If couples embrace it then it is something they can enjoy together and even learn from in some cases. It isn’t about abuse, objectification or exploitation of women.

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Anonymous

“If couples embrace it then it is something they can enjoy together and even learn from in some cases”

Hahahahahahahahahahaha. Guarantee the only relationship you’ve ever had is with your right had hand, absolutely no idea about birds

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Anonymous

“Birds”

I’m married. We watch porn.

Anonymous

Odds on your marriage ends in divorce. Nothing personal, just the reality of it.

Anonymous

Never work for a bookmaker.

Anonymous

Really? 40% of marriages end in divorce already. If this couple aren’t content with themselves for their sexual satisfaction it reveals a very shaky relationship.

Anonymous

Fuck you. Enjoy your divorce.

Anonymous

Hit a nerve have we?

Anonymous

I don’t believe you. Learn from porn lmao. Odds on you are just another man-child who begs girls for anal

Anonymous

I don’t enjoy anal.

Anonymous

“How does porn destroy marriages?”

By eroding the sexual relationship between spouses and with it, in many cases, trust.

Feel free to deny this if you wish, or say that you have never heard of it before. This won’t alter the fact that it happens.

Downvote away.

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Anonymous

@Roy

i) should law firms protect their employees marriages?
ii) the idea it exploits women is an unprovable claim based entirely on anecdote and/or quasi religious notions of “patriarchy”. Also what if it is hay porn?
iii) How can a middle aged partner watching porn influence children?
iv) I suppose he should also be fired for watching female modelling or something? Anything that “treats women like objects” is grounds for dismissal?

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It’s still a free country

@Roy

i) should law firms protect their employees marriages? Should they be allowed to in a free society?
ii) the idea it exploits women is an unprovable claim based entirely on anecdote and/or quasi religious notions of “patriarchy”. Also what if it is hay porn?
iii) How can a middle aged partner watching porn influence children?
iv) I suppose he should also be fired for watching female modelling or something? Anything that “treats women like objects” is grounds for dismissal?

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Anonymous

Who said that it was straight porn?

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Anonymous

God

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Anonymous

Who said it was straight porn? Never reported as straight…

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Anonymous

Back to your books, Fresher.

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Anonymous

“…leaves firm.” ???

So he didn’t finish then?

🤣😆🤣😆🤣😆🤣😆🤣😆

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Hogan Self-Lovells

I IZ INNOCENT!!!

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Anonymoose

I understand the disciplinary consequences behind a behaviour of this kind. But what is the correlation between a Partner watching pornography and not being an “inclusive” firm?

I think the use of these catchwords may be slightly getting out of hand…

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Pfft.

It could have been very niche, very ‘inclusive’ porn.

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Anonymous

It was DDLG

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

This post has been removed because it breached Legal Cheek’s comments policy.

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Anonymous

This post has been removed because it breached Legal Cheek’s comments policy.

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Anonymous

This post has been removed because it breached Legal Cheek’s comments policy.

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Anonymous

Well done LC, truly.

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Anonymous

Irwin Mitchell should take him on.

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JDP

Too late.

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Anonymous

My money is on fake taxi

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Kronos

We only look at the best porn here at Greenberg Glusker LLP.

Top, top tit.

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Anonymous

Pls sir, will I bettar my chances of receiving top top training contract at top titan Greenberg Glusker LLP by appearing in the best porn here at Greenberg Glusker LLP? I have a 2:2 in Slavonic Studies from UofSuffolk and work very hard. I have been working many times on my slav squat which may come in handy yes?

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Anonymous

dichart is hiring yes ?

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Anonymous

Hogan Lovells won’t take Pornhub as a client then?

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Anonymous

“After our investigation we agreed that the partner would not return after their suspension period and they are no longer with the firm.”

Let’s hope HL’s lawyers use better grammar than their HR teams. Since when was the Partner plural…?

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HL's HR Team

In that context it works perfectly fine and is grammatically correct

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Anonymous

Wrong. Fuck you.

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Steven Seagull

A long and extensive investigation, which included thorough and detailed analysis of the content viewed.

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Anonymous

This is not a debate on whether porn is good or bad, it’s about watching porn while at work during business hours.

Anyone is free to embark in recreational activity, but it’s just questionable that this is being done at work – there must be a clear separation as to what you do at work and what you do at home/gym/etc.

Perhaps this partner was removed because this boundary was crossed (and they didn’t want any more publicity on this matter), not the fact that the firm had any problem with porn in general.

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Not a Russian bot

Yes. No debate. We all know it’s good.

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Moe Lester - Legal recruiter

The guy who reported him is clearly a sick depressed deviant who lacks empathy.

Any normal person would simply mind their business and go back to work, rather than watching, and getting triggered enough to report the goings on at another firm.

Who wouldn’t jack of in an environment where, one spends 16 hours of their day doing donkeys work while in a surrounded by women in short skirts who are you know are willing to engage in certain acts partners for career progression.

The hypocrisy of not being able to get “senior partner treatment” because of a probable sexual assault charge or accusation is likely to drive anyone to do what this employee did.

The person who reported him is a white knight psycho. This is the type of lawyer wastes the time of judges and juries droning on about “human rights” “morals” and all that BS in court.

To the person who reported the guy, you have changed nothing, there will not be an industry wide epiphany towards temperance. If you go on the hub you will still see a glut of failed social media personalities, youtubers, and actresses, doing all sorts for subs and tips and thousands jacking off to their material day and night.

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Anonymous

Who on earth wrote this, Peter Sutcliffe? The only psycho is you mate.

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Anonymous

Why do some of legal cheek’s deleted comments say so, while others just disappear?

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Anonymous

After all this time you still delete comments.
Literally, right before our eyes.
Everyone sees it.
Xylophones play in the background.

I for one, am sick of it.
So who will join me?

An army of LC readers.

Coming together.
United by a singly purpose.
Never again will we suffer such injustice.
The time has come now for action.

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Anonymous

U high son?

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Anonymous

God who are the children who comment on here? The guy was not disciplined because Hogan Lovell’s official policy is that porn is bad. There would have been no repercussions if he had watched porn in his own home on his own computer. He was disciplined because sexual behaviour and images are not appropriate in the workplace – others should not have to view sexual images at work, and they should not have to put up with colleagues being aroused at work. It’s about respect for co-workers and others and maintaining an environment where everyone feels comfortable enough to do their jobs properly.

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Anonymous

Hear hear. I for one am really surprised that HL’s IT systems didn’t trip earlier on him surfing pron, or even allowed him to do so.

Most firm’s systems now simply deny access to anything flagged as porny, or require you to go through a login screen before accessing, which is akin to career suicide.

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Anonymous

Bad decision.

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