You might want to avoid White & Case’s canteen

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By Alex Aldridge on

London office of US firm given 1/5 hygiene rating by Food Standards Agency


You’d expect the canteens at glitzy international law firms to score top food hygiene ratings.

And indeed most do: a few searches of the Scores on the Doors website show that most of the top 60 law firms get 5/5 in the Food Standards Agency’s ratings.

However, a handful of firms, including Slaughter and May and Baker & McKenzie, only score 4/5 — which places them not just below their corporate legal rivals in the culinary cleanliness rankings, but also beneath Legal Cheek‘s local greasy spoon on the Kingsland Road.


And then there’s White & Case

Worryingly for the firm’s lawyers, and indeed potential vac scheme students, the canteen of the London office of the US giant gets a shocking 1/5 Food Standards Agency score for hygiene.

1/5 is the second lowest score below a 0/5 and comes with a “major improvement necessary” warning, although there is no suggestion that any of the firm’s canteen’s diners have fallen ill as a result of the food. The rating is formulated by inspecting how food is handled, consideration of the measures taken to keep it safe and assessment of the cleanliness of the kitchen.


White & Case is, according to legal blog RollOnFriday, said to have unsuccessfully challenged the 1/5 rating. A spokesperson for the firm said:

“We work with our catering supplier to ensure the highest standards of hygiene are maintained at all times and in all aspects of the catering service provided in the London office. Our caterers use strict, best practice processes and procedures in relation to hygiene to support the delivery of a high quality serviceā€.


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