Shearman takes ‘appropriate action’ against viral email trainee

Shearman & Sterling has concluded its investigation of a trainee whose private holiday email to friends went viral and ended up as national news.

The joke memo between four young City workers – one of whom was Singapore-based Shearman & Sterling trainee Daniel England – was leaked by a friend of the group and rapidly spread via email throughout the City, eventually becoming national news (9 February 2012).

The email included profiles of the group’s members and a list of rules for their forthcoming holiday, some of which were of a sexual nature.

A Shearman & Sterling spokesperson commented at the time: “We’re very disappointed to learn of this individual’s behaviour, which is totally at odds with the values of Shearman & Sterling. We’re taking this matter very seriously and investigating it with our established procedures.”

According to the spokesperson that investigation has now concluded and the firm has taken “appropriate action”, though the spokesperson declined to comment on what that action was, saying it was an internal matter.