International firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has dismissed one of its top London partners following an investigation into two allegations of inappropriate behaviour, the firm said today.

Mark Hastings was ‘expelled with immediate effect’ on Tuesday, and without compensation.

No further details about what the behaviour entailed were provided, but the matter has been reported to the Solicitors Regulation Authority which will now begin an investigation.

The decision to remove Hastings follows allegations from two members of staff made in February this year.

The firm said that after being made aware of the allegations it suspended Hastings and commissioned an investigation, which was carried out by Alison Levitt QC from international firm Mishcon de Reya. Levitt’s findings were delivered to the firm on 26 April.

‘We can confirm that the outcome of that process was that Hastings was expelled from the firm with immediate effect and without compensation on 8 May 2018,’ the firm said.

‘Quinn Emanuel takes allegations of the nature made against Hastings extremely seriously. We will not tolerate abusive behaviour from anyone within the firm. Where allegations of inappropriate behaviour are brought to our attention, they will be investigated and appropriate action will be taken, without exception,’ a spokesperson added.

The firm added that it has not sought, nor will it seek, any form of non-disclosure agreement from the complainants in relation to the allegations that they have made.

Hastings was hired in December 2016 from Addleshaw Goddard where he was head of civil fraud.

Update: The Gazette has been asked to clarify that: Mr Hastings has always denied any inappropriate behaviour; and the SRA has since conducted an investigation into the matter and decided to take no regulatory action against Mr Hastings.