Exclusive: Herbert Smith trainees made to bleed for their clients
15 March 2013
Herbert Smith Freehills
has been working its trainees so hard that they haven't even had time to wipe their blood off documents before sending them out.
Last month a property litigation associate emailed all London trainees one Friday afternoon last month demanding that two of them give up their Sunday to produce bundles for a case she was working on. The trainees dutifully ignored the email and so the following week she emailed them again, this time copying in several partners and the HR trainee manager for that extra intimidation factor.
The trainees who "volunteered" for the task ended up working shifts around the clock, sleeping under desks or, if they were lucky, on a camp bed erected in one of the offices.
||A Herbies trainee yesterday |
By the end of the week the thousands of documents were finally bundled. But a couple of trainees managed to smear blood from their paper cuts on some of the documents. They offered to do another copy over the weekend, but were rebuffed by the associate who insisted the bundles go out that day: no doubt to the delight of the recipients.
A spokeswoman for Herbies said "our team of associates and trainees did a great job on this project. Up against a very tight deadline, they delivered on time and the client was very happy about our work