Clifford Chance's Charlton arrested over Hong Kong car crash

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  • Peter Charlton is a top man - always has been from the days of being an "articled clerk" - and his normal, down to earth Geordie-ness would never allow him to be as arrogant as to have a "personal driver".
    You know, sometimes these things happen ... and you all would not have even noticed enough to have made it such a big deal in if he had not been at the top of his game professionally.

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  • Another Clifford Chance partner showing such poor judgment

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  • To Christina
    See my post above re a drunk driving accident. Sometimes drunk driving accidents lead to fatalities - you know sometime these things happen.
    Because he is 'at the top of his game' then he is an example; with notoriety comes responsibility.
    What pathetic excuse making.

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  • Drink driving is not an irrelevant matter; it is not in the same category as street littering or jaywalking. His thoughtless conduct might have had serious consequences for others drivers or a pedestrian.
    There is no excuse. All the more so in a town where taxis are cheap and plentiful.
    Have to agree with the "double standards" comments; had he been an employee, no doubt CC would be distancing themselves very quickly. Not that they have been publicly supportive so far ~ hedging their bets?

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  • To Christina
    Having a driver isn't about arrogance; it's about being prudent. If your firm expects you to be spending substantially all your time in businesss development activities (which is surely what Charlton is in the Far East to do) and those activities expect alcohol to be consumed, then it makes sense that you're given proper tools to ensure you do so safely.

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  • To James Hill and to "Anonymous" at 11:43am
    I am sure Peter took your valuable comments into account when he did what he did. He is, after all, human - obviously neither of you have ever made an error in your lives.

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  • Haha - well this is just CC right to the bone. Protect the partners and sod the rest of em. Like a certain London partner who cashes in his taxi receipts to get home (all of 3 stops on the tube) every few months to the tune of nearly 2 grand, whilst all business staff in that department get bugger all in bonuses every year! Oh and the partner who refuses any business staff to use the O2 box as they "don't want that sort of person using it". Well, it just goes on..... good luck Mr Charlton, I'm sure you won't need it!

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  • To Christina
    I am smart enough to know that I don't drink and drive. I have made errors, but not where I would have put somone's life at risk.
    Perhaps you should have had a look at the mangled car and body of a young woman that I mentioned above and then apologize for your beloved Charlton. Oh sorry, she might not have been part of the 'smart set'.
    Words heard at a fatal drunk driving accident: "Pshaw, everyone makes mistakes." Christina, was that you speaking?
    I am really disgusted by the apologists for the top pops at the big firms, whether it be CC, DLA and Nigel's conflict of interest shuffle, or others. Ordinary rules of morality, integrity and responsibility do not apply to them.

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  • My local online paper's classified ads car section gave me a link to this thread – very strange! But I'm looking for a second hand Jaguar Sports model, low millage and one careful owner. Can anyone point me in the right direction. Much appreciate.

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  • I can't believe that some people are saying "its OK". Its not OK whoever you are - this man was THREE TIMES over the drink-drive limit and nearly caused a fatal accident, its extremely serious. There may be underlying issues, but its still unacceptable.
    Maybe I'm old fashioned, but in my view Partners are supposed to be leaders and set an example to others in their firm. Not to mention the SRA Code of Conduct imposes ethical obligations on all English lawyers. This makes it even worse, though it would still be unacceptable even if he were not a Partner.

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