Ex-Fulbright partner admits stealing £100k from firm By Margaret Taylor 12 January 2012 11:51 17 December 2015 13:55 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 12 January 2012 at 14:16 Well you have to feel sorry for them don’t you? If I lost MY designer key holder I’d be tempted to resort to theft too. Reply Link Anonymous 12 January 2012 at 14:18 Formerly a senior partner and member of Richard Butler’s (now Reed Smith) management board. Very sad. Reply Link Anonymous 12 January 2012 at 14:20 How on earth do these partners expenses go unchecked for so long? Like Grierson at Hogan Lovells last year this is a theft which could have been avoided if only the firm had proper risk management systems in place. There needs to be spot checks on legal expenses surely? And what kind of background check were carried out by the firm when hiring this woman? Reply Link Anonymous 12 January 2012 at 15:06 I don’t think it’s necessarily down to risk management. If senior professionals and owners of the business are going to go to the lengths of actually forging documents, it’s always going to be difficult to combat. It would be interesting to know how this did in fact come to light. What is more surprising, idiotic, even tragic is that people would risk – and in this case lose – everything for the sake of RELATIVELY trivial sums of money (probably only a couple of month’s earnings for them). Reply Link Anonymous 12 January 2012 at 15:34 More interesting is the fact (as gleaned from the Evening Standard report yesterday of the hearing) that after being dismissed by Fulbright, Holman Fenwick & Willan appointed Sharif in a support role at the firm on £165,000 a year. That is probably more than many of HFW’s salaried partners and you have to wonder how she could justify such a salary as an office manager in a non fee earning role. Reply Link Anonymous 12 January 2012 at 15:41 Fyi Reply Link Anonymous 12 January 2012 at 15:58 By my calculations, based on UK200, salaried partners earned an average £182k at HFW last financial year. they should’ve saved themselves the legal hassle and cashed in as an office manager on £160k Reply Link Anonymous 12 January 2012 at 16:02 English judges do not bang gavels – perhaps a legal publication might care to take note. Reply Link Anonymous 12 January 2012 at 16:41 ooooo, whose been watching QI? I think the gavel is just a common symbol for the courts Mr Fry? Reply Link Anonymous 12 January 2012 at 16:42 Yet more evidence of a morally bankrupt society in which Money Is All. Reply Link Disillusioned 12 January 2012 at 16:55 @Anonymous | 12-Jan-2012 4:02 pm Sadly, it’s all true – just did some research and seems English judges don’t have gavels and have never had them. This is a very sad fact as I’d always thought BBC TV portrayals of judges hammering away and demanding ‘Silence! Silence!’ were totally accurate. Reply Link Anonymous 12 January 2012 at 17:07 Talking of daylight robbery: 100-160K for an office manager? Where do I apply? Reply Link Anonymous 12 January 2012 at 17:14 What is so depressing about these two idiots is what they did with the money. Give it to charity or a needy cause? Save it for a rainy day? Help out someone in trouble? No, just bought themselves some over-priced consumer goods and a few unnecessary trinkets. I mean what on earth even IS a key holder? Reply Link Manager to be 12 January 2012 at 17:17 I’m definitely changing careers to become an office manager. £160K!!! Is that a typo? Reply Link Anonymous 12 January 2012 at 17:41 It is clearly pretty dumb for some firms to pay a NQ £100k (when something nearer £60k would be more than enough), but £160k for an office manager? You must be able to hire some top ones for no more than £100k surely? This ridiculously high salary seems more shocking than the thefts and makes HFW look like complete fools (especially when added to the poor DD in their hiring process). Reply Link Anonymous 12 January 2012 at 18:21 I think the gist of the article is that such an overpaid position is not open to everyone and requires some extracuricular activities. Reply Link Anonymous 12 January 2012 at 19:44 £160,000 salary for an office manager role???? Reply Link Free Simmers 12 January 2012 at 23:04 Simkin? Simmers? Nooooo, a jolly nice chap. ~There must be some mistake. We were at prep school together. An all round good egg, what what. Reply Link Julian Hedgefund 13 January 2012 at 00:27 Disgraceful. Reply Link Anonymous 13 January 2012 at 14:58 I believe there were forged signatures on expense forms in this case, which means that at least some internal controls were bypassed. Reply Link Alan Storey 14 January 2012 at 12:34 Every week I read here about yet another case of dishonesty. There are several other cases of Assault and Attempting to Pervert the Course of Justice that go un-published. All of these articles appear to be the most read and the most commented. Perhaps The Lawyer should consider producing a weekly supplement!!! Reply Link val 19 January 2012 at 10:44 legal aid! LEGAL AID? Why T F should these lowlifes be entitled, or even considered, for legal aid. Let them sell their house and keyholder and photo of Ali. Let him represent himself seeing he’s so damn smart. Reply Link Anon 19 February 2012 at 01:28 Hi, The reason why they got legal aid is because they were subject to a court order freezing their assets. Because they are effectively potless they were in tilted to legal aid however the judge did say he would see to it that every penny will be paid back to the tax payer. Reply Link Anonymous 3 March 2012 at 02:55 Where is the key holder part? Seems over critical to me, two sides to a story. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.