Six students who attended a workshop at Pinsent Masons office in February proceeded to become embroiled in a knife fight after leaving the office, it has emerged.
The young men, aged between 19 and 22, had attended the event, arranged by charity ‘Tomorrow’s People’, which aims to get disadvantaged young people into work.
After leaving Pinsents’ City office Raheem Simon, Perry Jessep and Almahda Ali argued with Ridwan Ibrahim, Aaron Taylor and Khalid Youssef. The argument then developed into a fight which “brought the City to a standstill as they battled with rocks, clubs and knives”.
According to Court News, their fight spilled onto Bishopsgate, which was the cordoned off, causing rush-hour gridlock across the Square Mile. The report is scarce on detail but does record an incident in which Simon kicked a rival in the head, only to collapse on Bishopsgate after realising he had been stabbed.
A spokesperson for Pinsents said: “We are proud of the work we have done with Tomorrow’s People over several years to help and support some of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK. This matter highlights both the scale of the challenge faced, and importance of the work that Tomorrow’s People and similar organisations undertake to meet it.”
The men have now been found guilty of affray and possession of an offensive weapon. They have each been fined up to £500 and sentenced to between six and 12 months in a Young Offenders Institute.