A barrister sacked over a spanking session with a junior colleague claims he was unfairly dismissed.

Cambridge graduate Robert Jones was fired from London firm Lexlaw after bosses found out about his kinky antics on a colleague’s desk.

But the 40-year-old says disciplinary action was only taken months after the S&M incident after he threatened to quit in a dispute over pay.

Mr Jones was suspended in June last year, one day after he rejected a request from Lexlaw’s managing director to reconsider his resignation amid a salary dispute, legal blog RollOnFriday reported .

He claims the spanking session took place long before he quit and accuses Lexlaw of using it as an excuse not to pay him for his notice period.

Mr Jones has been very open about the details of his encounter with the "very junior employee" but is said to be keen to protect the unnamed woman.

They are believed to have enjoyed a spanking session on work premises but did not have sex.

Emails between the pair allegedly detail “sex contracts” in which they discussed sadomasochism and safe words.

Mr Jones accuses Lexlaw, who he worked for from 2012 until last year, of breaching data protection laws by accessing his personal emails.

The lawyer, who graduated from Cambridge with a first-class degree in mathematics, is taking his former company to a tribunal alleging constructive dismissal.

Jones told RollOnFriday: "I had a consensual BDSM relationship with another employee, which included one brief incident in private on work premises several months before the disciplinary proceedings.

"I was appalled to find out that my employer was monitoring my personal communications over a period of at least several months and the ICO have confirmed that this is unlikely to have complied with the requirements of the Data Protection Act.

"I believe that the disciplinary proceedings were brought against me as retaliation for my having handed in notice following a disagreement over salary and not as a result of the much earlier incident."

In a statement to RollOnFriday, Lexlaw said: "We can confirm that inappropriate workplace activities took place last year when a senior barrister sent a sexual contract to a very junior employee.

"In order to avoid damaging the reputations of these former members of staff we decline to make any comment other than to state that the activities that took place are as unacceptable in our workplace as they would no doubt be in any workplace."

The case is due to be heard in July.

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