CC partners vote to expel Bangkok rebel

Clifford Chance partners has voted in favour of expelling the firm’s former Bangkok managing partner.
Wirot Poonsuwan, who has been suspended from the practice since last August, has been removed from the partnership with effect from 31 March after the decision to expel him was put to a vote last month.
The ballot took place after a meeting where Poonsuwan was given the opportunity to speak to his partners.
Expulsion proceedings were activated late last year after concerns arose over Poonsuwan contribution to the firm. However, since then Poonsuwan has launched a defamation suit against Clifford Chance as well as demanding a £30m pay-out.
Commenting on the outcome of the vote, Peter Cornell, managing partner at Clifford Chance said: “We regret that this situation has arisen but the partnership vote on expulsion enables us to move on.
“Poonsuwan actions were unacceptable and incompatible with partnership. The firm rejects his allegations and is satisfied there is no substance in them.”