An Eversheds Sutherland partner has been found dead shortly after being accused of inappropriate behavior at a firm holiday party.
Retail finance partner Geraint Thomas, who worked in the law firm’s London and Cardiff offices, was accused of behaving inappropriately toward two female colleagues at the firm’s Christmas party. He was informed about the complaints on Dec. 17 at the firm’s London headquarters, and was found dead the next day at the bottom of the Southerndown cliffs on the Welsh coast, near Bridgend.
He had been a partner at the firm since 2003, advising clients including HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide, Morgan Stanley and Aviva on issues such as consumer credit and mortgage regulation. He was also part of the firm’s Brexit advisory team.
A police spokesman said, “South Wales Police is investigating the sudden death of a 47-year-old man from Cardiff who was discovered at Southerndown. The death is not being treated as suspicious. Next of kin have been informed and a file of evidence is being prepared for HM Coroner.”
An inquest into Thomas’ death was opened and adjourned at Pontypridd Coroner’s Court on Christmas Eve, pending further investigation. An inquest is scheduled to take place on April 4.
Eversheds Sutherland staff have been given access to a specialist counselor following the news.
“Our sincere sympathies and thoughts are with Geraint’s wife, family and friends at this exceptionally difficult time,” CEO Lee Ranson said. “Many of Geraint’s colleagues have also been deeply affected by this tragic news. We are working with everyone to ensure they have appropriate, professional support in the coming weeks and months.”