CC launches Paris witch-hunt

The Paris office of Clifford Chance has launched an investigation into the source of controversial comments about clients that were leaked by a member of staff.

The incident, which took place last week, put Clifford Chance in an embarrassing position with major client, Airbus and its parent company EADS forcing the firm to apologise immediately.

The comments stored on a database, described one executive as “an enemy of the group” another as “very powerful for five years” and even gave personal information such as “recently divorced” or “long illness”.

A Clifford Chance spokesperson told The Lawyer that the database, which had not been used for four years, had now been destroyed and that all members of staff had been reminded of the firm’s data protection policy.

Commenting on the incident Paris managing partner Yves Wehrli said that this was an “unfortunate event” and agreed that the comments were “not appropriate”.