THE FORMER partners of a now defunct London libel practice have initiated an urgent investigation after stacks of the firm's confidential documents ended up in a building skip.
The files were dumped among the rubbish as builders gutted the old Soho Square office of Wright Webb Syrett and were discovered and read by drinkers at a nearby pub.
Wright Webb Syrett broke up in March this year when five partners and a handful of assistants joined media firm Davenport Lyons. The remaining partners went separate ways.
Witnesses who came across the files said they related to a string of celebrities, including Sean Connery, Gillian Taylforth and Tom O'Connor. They also claimed to have seen client account books.
Kevin Bay, head of litigation at Davenport Lyons and one of the former Wright Webb partners, said the matter was being looked into "thoroughly and seriously" and until this was done no further comment would be made. "We have instigated a full inquiry," he said.
He said the firm would usually have shredded old documents or sent them to be burnt.
Builders at the site last week claimed they had "filled six skips' worth" of old documents.