A Birmingham lawyer has exposed the sexual secrets and misbehaviour of his profession's highest earners in a novel that threatens to shake the legal world.
Paul Wragg, an employment lawyer at Robin Simon solicitors on Waterloo Street, Birmingham, portrays partners as sex-obsessed and sadistic bullies.
In his novel Fish Sunday Thinking , the highest earners judge female colleagues by the size of their breasts rather than their legal expertise.
The 27-year-old solicitor based the story on his experience as a trainee at one of London?s biggest law firms.
Mr Wragg hoped he would not be identified by using the pen-name Alex Gilmore.
But the Birmingham-born writer and Durham University graduate was tracked down by a newspaper to Coventry city centre, where he lives with his girlfriend Samantha Avery.
Mr Wragg, who has worked for Robin Simon for a year, said: ?My book is typical of what goes on in many City law firms. Sex is used as a currency to advance careers and junior lawyers who don?t play ball find themselves out in the cold. What you have to remember is that the partners are like gods who have enormous power over you.
?If you make a fuss you suddenly find yourself on permanent photocopying duty. And anyone who has the guts to make a complaint ends up out of a job and without suitable references.?
The title of Fish Sunday Thinking describes the dread of returning to work on Monday.
Mr Wragg?s boss David Simon, who is the managing partner of Robin Simon, said the scenes were nothing like his Birmingham firm.
He said: ?There is no suggestion that the book depicts life in Mr Wragg?s office at the moment. It was written while he was in London and two years before he joined our firm.
?I?m pleased to say that I have never witnessed anything like what I have heard the book is about.
?However, there is an element of fun about it and lawyers enjoy remembering the period of their training contract.?