DUNDAS & WILSON, the well known Edinburgh based law firm who number among their clients, some of Scotland’s former broadsheet newspapers, has been reported to have withdrawn from a tender process and begun an investigation after uncovering unspecified irregularities which appear to have led to the departure of one of it’s partners.
The law firm has reported it had withdrawn a tender after learning that one of it’s partners had come into possession of confidential information that might have prejudiced the tender process. A statement was reported in the Law Society of Scotland’s JournalOnline, hoping to head off further media interest, saying : “The partner concerned has resigned from Dundas & Wilson, and is now on gardening leave".
It was further reported : Interim managing partner Caryn Penley said in a statement (only appearing in the Journal at this time) : “Given the nature of the incident we consulted with the Law Society of Scotland. The circumstances of this are profoundly disappointing for all concerned. In the interests of everyone involved we have acted on this as quickly as possible. Once our investigations are finalised the matter will be referred to our board for further action, and pending that it would not be appropriate to make further comment.”
Elections are currently taking place for the election of a new chairman and a new managing partner at the firm caught in the information fiddle.
There is no statement on the law firm’s website at time of publication, leading to claims clients have been kept in the dark over events.