Clifford Chance Japan corporate head Alan Kitchin has been charged with assaulting his partner at Scotland’s Gleneagles Hotel.
The Tokyo-based lawyer allegedly injured Misato Yoshida after punching her in the face during a stay at the hotel in June, according to a report the Sunday Mail.
Kitchin, who joined the magic circle firm earlier this year having spent more than 20 years as a partner at Ashurst, denies the charge and will now stand trial in November.
He founded Ashurst’s Tokyo office in 1990 and spent 12 years as managing partner in Japan. He was also head of Asia from 1998 to 2002.
A spokesman for Clifford Chance said: “It would not be appropriate for us to comment at this stage.”
Kitchin was granted bail and will continue to work from the firm’s Tokyo office while he awaits trial, which has been scheduled for November.
This is not the first time that a lawyer has faced charges over their behaviour at the exclusive Perthshire hotel.
In 2008, former Dickson Minto property partner Philip Anderson pleaded guilty to two criminal acts after exposing himself to a female companion in the hotel’s restaurant. He was later fined £300.