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Lawyer Under Fire

Posted by: Laurence Simons 28/08/12

We've all wanted to put a junior associate in a headlock and punch them repeatedly in the head, but we don't do that because 'we are living in a society'. Well, not Edward Loudell, formerly of Pinsent Masons in London. Because he put a junior associate in a headlock and punched him repeatedly in the head. And now has to do 100 hours' community service to say sorry.

The pair - Loudell, who did the repeated punching, and trainee Ross Knight, who 'has a head' - were walking back from an office party last March after celebrating Pinsent Masons' recent move to Crown Place. Then Loudell put Knight in a headlock and punched him repeatedly in the head. Nobody really knows why. Knight, who took exception to being punched repeatedly in the head, assisted with the resulting police questioning. Loudell didn't, denying the charge and smirking. They've both since left the firm.

"The long and short of it is this has been a disaster for his career," said Mark Graffius, defending. Well, yes. It was also a disaster for Ross Knight's head. Loudell will now sweep streets for a few hours in a high-visibility jacket, before switching to a career teaching English as a foreign language overseas. Students, you have been warned.