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Eversheds lawyers eye free ice cream as heatwave returns

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Partner hired ice cream van last month to appease sweaty solicitors

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As the UK basks in yet another heatwave, lawyers at Eversheds will have their fingers crossed the generosity of partners will help them keep cool — again.

Readers may recall that earlier this month temperatures reached the mid 30s, something suited and booted solicitors may not have appreciated. Not content with nipping down to the local Tesco, one senior lawyer at Eversheds took it upon himself to hire an entire ice cream van.

According to one ice cream laden Legal Cheek insider, a van pulled up outside the firm’s Cambridge office and began dishing out 99s. The tipster also revealed that the mystery partner — presumably suffering from heat stroke — proceeded to pick up the tab.

Last month Eversheds — a firm that offers around 60 training contracts annually — recorded a 7% bump in revenue to £405.5 million. With profit per equity partner sitting at a tidy £742,000 for the financial year ending 2015/16, a few ice creams is unlikely to have broken the bank.

Ice cream perks aside, lawyers at the firm’s Cambridge outpost are paid considerably less than their City based counterparts. While lawyers in picturesque (and expensive) Cambridge pocket a still hefty £40,000 a year upon qualification, those in London — thanks to a 5% pay boost late last year — walk away with £62,000, a whopping £22,000 more.

45 Comments

Trumpywithaflakeandraspberryjuice

That’s a nice gesture.

Shame about the firm.

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Anonymous

Raspberry juice? You beast it’s syrup

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Anonymous

That’s a nice name.

Shame about the comment.

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Anonymous

Have they rejected you for a TC? Would explain why you’re bitter.

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Anonymous

£12,000 more?

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Anonymous

What’s £10k between friends? Great example of prowess with a calculator

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Anonymous

“Hefty” £40k. Bless.

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Anonymous

Alex has his writers on a hefty 12p a day

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Anonymous

With a bonus of 5p per use of the word “top”

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Insider knowledge

He offered them raises of 10p for a tuggie and 15p for a skin flute solo, though.

That’s pretty generous for someone like Alex.

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Anonymous

Suits are pretty stupid, tbh, smart casual (collared shirt and nice jeans) is fine.

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Anonymous

You high bruv?

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Anonymous

Sorry Tom, whatever you say in your last para, there is no way you can convince anyone that the ‘Shed are good payers. £62k in London is the bare minimum NQ salary.

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SullCrom Swagg

He’s not convincing anyone – £62k is utter shyte, especially when US NQs two streets next to you are all on £100k+. Grim reality, really.

At least BigLaw in NYC all have the balls to match each other in salaries – greedy old partners in London clearly didn’t get the memo.

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Anonymous

£62k in your mid-twenties is hardly something to complain about.

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Anonymous

You can’t really make a blanket statement like that.

If you dropped out of school at 16, with 2 D’s at GCSE, then yes, it’s good. If you are in an industry where others at your level, in the same city, at other firms, earn far more, then it’s not so great.

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Anonymous

Considering that NYC and London are roughly comparable for living costs, getting paid 62k and ~130k for effectively the same job as a corporate deal monkey is just awful.

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Trumpywithaflakeandraspberryjuice

Following on from above comments – how can one be rejected for a TC, when one did not apply…

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Anonymoose

You’d never get Andrew Leatherchaps’ lot at DWF doing this.

Well done Sheds. I wonder if this will be a stable addition to rollonfriday’s law firm extras “free ice cream in summer (i.e. one day per year)

Addleshaw – think on.

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Yorkie Lawyer

No need to “think on”, a Partner did this for AG’s Leeds office too.

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PLA Diper

Great, about time they spend their money. Shame they don’t up the associate salaries though while they are at it.

How’s Leeds banking lit doing? Still surviving?

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Dones Jay

That’s an epic nickname.

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Rarter Cuck

Tis that.

Dill Hickinson

Aye aye

'Sheds slave

Oh wow, a 5% pay boost! I’m now on a 62k NQ salary! So much cash in London!

Yeah buddyyy, I’m makin’ it rain todayyy!

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Anonymous

Treated like children.

Ruffled hair, pat on the head and an ice cream. I think solicitors can dust off the wallet and buy their own 99s?

Reminds me of the time colleagues and I were dumped with a weeks worth of work in 2 days, and we’re given one bag of jelly babies between 5 of us as a “treat”. How magnanimous. A pounds worth there.

How about incentivise work properly? Remuneration? Paid holiday days? A flexibility in working patterns / “agile working” (ie from home?) – that would be a good one. ….

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Anonymous

Hear hear. The partners are laughing all the way back to their Benz, hoping pathetic gestures like this will keep the toilers content.

The only sensible option for London NQs being underpaid in firms like the Shed is to jump ship, fast.

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Professer Spelling and Gramma

* here here

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Anonymous

?

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Anonymous

Would I prefer a pay rise or a free Mr Whippy? Hmmmm…

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Mr Whippy

Twat

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Anonymous

This post has been removed because it breached Legal Cheek’s comments policy.

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Legal Aid Lawyer

1% problems…

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Anonymous

Didn’t most of the Real Estate team leave Eversheds in Cambridge? And in London?

Maybe that’s why he has the money to pay for these…

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TC

Ah, the article is listed under ‘LOL’ – that fits a shop like the Shed perfectly.

Run while you still can.

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Dave Barrister

To the commenters complaining about pay disparity and pitting firms’ NQ salaries/perks against each other: do you recognise the free labour market?

If you would rather make some more money and forgo your 99 flake then move? If you are not a very good lawyer and either lack the gumption to up-sticks or the talent to be welcomed elsewhere then you really are quite lucky to be earning money in a responsible job you are evidently barely qualified for.

“Hear hear. The partners are laughing all the way back to their Benz, hoping pathetic gestures like this will keep the toilers content”. Not happy? Move.

“Would I prefer a pay rise or a free Mr Whippy? Hmmmm…” Not happy? Move.

“How about incentivise work properly? Remuneration? Paid holiday days? A flexibility in working patterns / “agile working” (ie from home?) – that would be a good one. ….” Not happy? move.

For what it’s worth, I would love my head of chambers to buy me a 99 Flake… Are you reading this Bob?

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Pongobulb

One cannot believe for one moment that a head of Chambers would be called Bob.The very idea.

Even the trainees in my team are called Tristran, Lobelia and Humphrey. Mind you, it is Addleshaw after all. I just hope the upcoming mergers allow us to retain our friendly, staunch middle class culture. The other seventeen mergers that didn’t happen in the past few years were not good for the culture of the firm. That’s why Addleshaw didn’t allow them. We only want the cream of the crop – with a flake in.

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Dave Barrister

Next you will be telling me I am not really called ‘Dave’. The incredulity of it all… I am mortified.

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Pongobulb

Not at all, I just thought you must practise in Leeds with a name like that.

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Dave Barrister

While I am sure Leeds benefits from a ‘top’ court or two, befitting on the Northern Powerhouse, I cannot say I have ever had the pleasure. You should have guessed My 99 Flakes are much more appropriate to battle the southern climes.

Pongobulb

Mr Dave, don’t blame you.

I was in Leeds for a year or so – very big fish little pond. Which is a lot to hear, from a Yorkshireman like me.

Dr Freud

Don’t worry mate, this is just Tommy’s evil alter-ego commenting here.

Tommy developed severe trauma as a result of getting in debt to do the BPTC and never managing to bag a Pupillage – that’s where David comes in.

Watham & Latkins

Bantz!

Troubadour

Interesting choice of name for AG’s HR…

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Anonymous

what is wrong with asking for work to be incentivised properly? What is wrong with asking for increased money? Pay increase should not be a dirty word, especially when the work force provide excellent value for money and generate high quality work / client service and also fees.

Also, your assumption is fundamentally WRONG – that people who are in regional firms are somehow second best or not as competent as their city counterparts – what nonsense!!!

AS IF – regional firms “settle” and hire “subordinate talent”??!!! Especially when the market is so competitive and there is a surplus of people with 1st’s and 2.1’s?

My regional firm is full of people with 1st’s / highly accomplished academic people.

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