A trainee lawyer at a "Magic Circle" legal chambers is facing the sack after being rather too candid about his job on camera.
The unnamed man told a TV interviewer that his work comprised "f*****g people over for money" during a boozy night out in Oxford.
Appearing on camera for a vox pop by reporter Toby Mather, the Clifford Chance brief announced: "I f***ing love the 'ladness'. The ladness is just basically f***ing people over for money."
Clifford Chance is an international law firm which last year turned over more than £1.2bn in revenue. Partners inside its skyscraper UK headquarters in Canary Wharf take home no less than £2m each a year.
Having committed his on-camera indiscretion, the junior lawyer - who called himself a "City lad" - became alarmed by his spontaneous frankness and threatened to sue the reporter if the footage were published. He told her: "I refuse my consent for this to go on the internet and I will sue you if it goes on."
Oxford University student Mather was conducting the interview for campus magazine Cherwell. The item appeared on its online TV show, Shark Tales.
The video was published in May but only picked up by legal blogs today (Friday.)
An unamused spokesman for Chance denied that the junior lawyer had encapsulated the legal giant's attitude.
"The comments made are inappropriate and they are at odds with our principles and the professional standards we espouse as a firm," he said.
"One of our trainee lawyers is the subject of our formal disciplinary procedures which may result in the termination of the training contract with the firm".