Simpson Thacher Hong Kong partner arrested for drink driving

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  • I'm a client of STB Hong Kong and it matters to me! Sounds like Ben is just worried that The Lawyer will be writing a similar story about him one day.

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  • Alcoholism in the legal profession is a serious problem and most definitely worthy of coverage in The Lawyer. Perhaps The Lawyer should do a full blown article on the issue and expand on some of the issues raised in the comments above.

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  • Drunken partner of a prestigious Wall Street firm crashes his Porsche into a mini-bus in upscale Stanley neighborhood. Come on Leiming! You're giving the entire profession a bad name!

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  • There is no shortage of taxis in Hong Kong. Just leave the Porsche in the parking garage when you've had to much to drink!

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  • Gosspip?

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  • Not sure I understand the emotional arguments about losing someone in an accident, lawyers being prone to depression and alcoholism, etc... The guys drove drunk so he's a bipolar, suicidal alcoholic now? Be serious.
    At the end of the day, a law firm partner gets arrested for DUI (which absolutely all of us have already done at least once; we just didn't get arrested) and people try to rationalize their interest in this gossip by making it about larger issues. But it just doesn't fly.
    As for the "STB client" , you’re right, what do you mean about moving your business because of this? You'll need to find a firm where no one has any chance whatsoever of ever being arrested for DUI. Good luck now.
    Anyway, biglaw partners getting arrested and getting exposed makes some people happy, I suppose. No better ego boost for failed lawyers...

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  • If anything the drinking culture amongst lawyers is even more extreme over here.

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  • Must be the hot, humid climate turning them to drink.

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  • I have to be slighly concerned about the welfare of Hong Kong lawyers if Ben is a typical example. How can he seriously say that DUI is something that "absolutely all" (not just "all", mind) of us have done at least once?
    Yes, a more in-depth article on lawyers and alcohol would probably be a good idea. It is something which does not get much attention in comparison with say the "work-life balance" issue. For example, absolutely all, to coin a phrase, of the firm-sponsored post-work events I have attended have served alcohol, and very often served for free.

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  • To Ben
    When all else fails, resort to personal attacks on those you disagree with.

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