More than half of Londoners admit to having office romances and more often than not regret them, according to new research.

The study, undertaken by law firm Slater and Gordon, found that 52 per cent said being in a relationship with someone they worked with had "damaged their career", while just under half said their love affair "ended badly".

It is perceived women get the raw end of the deal when work entanglements end, with 80 per cent of the 2,144 people (1,024 men and 1,120 women) surveyed believing females get judged more harshly for getting involved with a colleague.

Junior staff also seem to disproportionately bear the brunt of work break-ups, with 79 per cent reporting they had a negative impact on their careers.

However, overall, it seems all parties can be negatively affected with nearly 63 per cent saying they were "judged" with rumours flying around in the aftermath of an office breakup.

In the video, senior employment lawyer Harriet Bowtell advises being aware of company policy when it comes to employee relationships as 17 per cent of people who got involved at work got fired as a result.