Moving jobs can be so traumatic. It's impossible to tell how a law firm will react on finding out that a lawyer is going to a rival. For instance, one particular lawyer at a magic circle firm caught the sharp end of his practice leader's tongue when he told him he was leaving for a competitor.
So much so that on the day the lawyer left, the head honcho demanded the turncoat be escorted out of the building. Not that the departing lawyer minded so much - he'd 'relieved himself' in the chap's bin the night before. Which Hong Kong-based senior finance partner at a top US firm embarrassed himself in court after admitting to not knowing the meaning of fiduciary duty?