Lovells was gripped by terror last month when news broke of a glass table spontaneously exploding in one of the firm’s Atlantic House meeting rooms.
The explosion forced the firm to close off around half a dozen rooms, but happily, they are used only for internal meetings so no clients were harmed in the explosion or exposed to any risk.
“We’re not going to kill our clients,” a Lovells spokesperson assured The Lawyer, although his remarks are unlikely to reassure the firm’s own lawyers.
Glass expert Dr John Parker of the School of Engineering Materials at Sheffield University told The Lawyer that tension stresses within thermally strengthened glass can occasionally lead to spontaneous explosion where there is a defect within the glass.
The firm has now reopened the offending meeting rooms after receiving the all clear from experts.