A “disgruntled” employee of legacy Davenport Lyons is understood to have vandalised the firm’s office after being told the firm had gone into administration.
The unknown former staff member is believed to have gone on a rampage and damaged furniture in the building on 6 Agar Street after staff were told that their employer was going into administration three weeks ago (28 April 2014).
While all but four of Davenport’s partners were offered jobs with the firm’s acquiror Gordon Dadds, it is understood that around 50 support staff and associates were not offered jobs by the firm (29 April 2014).
Terms of the sale were agreed with joint administrator Baker Tilly, weeks after Davenport’s chief executive Richard Williams insisted that it was not on the verge of administration (11 March 2014).
According to insiders, some employees were angered because they felt they had been kept in the dark about the administration process.
The firm sought to play down the episode and in a statement it said that a “trivial amount of damage was done to furniture which has been attributed to a disgruntled ex-employee whose identity is unknown”. The firm has not informed police of the incident.