A&O sacks erotic-fiction writing associate

The Allen & Overy Moscow senior associate who published an erotic novel on-line has been sacked.

A&O sacks erotic-fiction writing associateThe Allen & Overy (A&O) Moscow senior associate who published an erotic novel on-line has been sacked.

Deidre Dare’s employment was terminated on Friday, several weeks after the firm stopped her from publishing further instalments of Expat: A Weekly Serialized Novel About Living in Moscow.

In a statement, a spokesman for the firm said: “Following our normal disciplinary process, we found that Ms Dare’s behaviour – in publishing the material she did in the professional name under which she practises, and the way that she has responded to a number of reasonable requests from us since – was unacceptable and totally at odds with the standards of behaviour that we expect from all of our people.

“We’ve therefore terminated her employment.

“After we became formally aware of Ms Dare’s website and started to consider the firm’s response, she filed a grievance which was fully investigated in accordance with our standard policies and found to be groundless, although she has appealed against the decision.”

In her novel Dare wrote about sexual encounters between a fictional woman and expats and local men. A disclaimer on Dare’s website reads that all events and persons depicted in her writing are fictional.

After A&O banned her from writing further instalments of her story, a statement on the site read: “The author has been forbidden from publishing further chapters of Expat for the time being. She will resume if and when she is permitted to.”

US national Dare joined A&O Moscow in 2008 as an international finance and projects lawyer.

Dare was unavailable for comment.

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