Exclusive: Allen & Overy partner unwittingly takes clients to hostess club
05 October 2012
Allen & Overy
has confirmed that one of its partners and counsel visited a notorious club in Singapore with some banking clients.
The group went drinking at the club on Outram Road in Singapore, for which a polite description would be a "hostess bar
". A more accurate one would apparently be a "knocking shop
". RollOnFriday's man on the ground in Singapore says it's well known as a place where businessmen sing a little karaoke, spend $500 on a bottle of whisky and then engage in "very high end sucky sucky
" with the hostesses.
It appears to have been a genuine mistake. The two lawyers were on a flying visit from another office, the client suggested that they meet up at the Lido Palace, and the partner thought it was just a karaoke bar. Apparently whilst there were a lot of women around, they were all fully clothed, and there was definitely no sucky sucky for any member of the partner's group at any time.
||I thought it was a karaoke bar, m'lud |
A spokesman for the firm said that it had a policy of not visiting such establishments, but the partner had been told to go there by the client and was unaware of its reputation.