A gay group has held a protest outside the offices of a lawyer who claimed the Law Society had been “hijacked by the gays”.

Following a press release from the society encouraging members to take part in July’s Pride celebrations, David Moore of Croydon-based firm Streeter Marshall responded saying he was “horrified”.

In the leaked email, he continued: “What on earth is going to happen next? Is someone at the Law Society going to tell all solicitors that they must promote to all their male heterosexual staff that they should trying becoming [sic] gay or bisexual or transvestites?”

Moore has since said his remarks were taken out of context and would have been phrased differently had the letter been intended for publication.

Following the publication of his comments, the Croydon Area Gay Society held a small protest outside Streeter-Marshall’s offices, playing out a courtroom scenario which pronounced him guilty of homophobia.

The group then handed a letter to the firm expressing its concerns at Moore’s remarks and the detrimental effect this could have on LGBT customers.