JSM in HK employment skirmish

A former teaching consultant at the University of Hong Kong has stepped up his campaign against his former employer and law firm Johnson Stokes & Master (JSM).

Two weeks ago, Hugh Tyrwhitt-Drake circulated hundreds of copies of a letter to key members of the Hong Kong legal profession, including the Law Society, the Bar Association and the Chief Justice. The letter accused the university and JSM of fraudulent behaviour during events that led to the termination of his employment in June 1999.

In a statement, JSM said: “JSM believes the complaints are unfounded.”

Tyrwhitt-Drake alleges that former JSM litigation partner Christopher Bonsall and the university put forward a false letter during legal proceedings against him.

It is believed that the move follows a Law Society investigation into Tyrwhitt-Drakes’ charges, which found in favour of JSM earlier this year.