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Introducing the law firm fleece gilet

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US penchant for business casual is a test for transatlantic tie-up

There are many wonderful things about transatlantic mergers: offices in exciting places, new colleagues infused with American positivity and niceness, and of course access to a legal market worth a staggering $437 billion (£340 billion).

But there are downsides, too: the pressure to work longer hours to keep up with superior US productivity, the awkward chats about politics with the Make America Great Again contingent, the terrible coffee, the popular embrace of business casual wear…

Which brings us to the law firm-branded fleece gilet (pictured above) that Womble Bond Dickinson’s US arm is flogging, along with a host of other awful pieces of clobber, from its new ‘Team Store’ (strapline: ‘Telling our brand’s story through amazing products’).

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It’s safe to say that it wasn’t this aspect of Womble Carlyle that drove the UK’s Bond Dickinson into its arms when the two hooked up last year to create a megafirm with revenues of approximately £340 million, and over 420 partners and 1,000 lawyers across 24 offices globally.

The Womble Bond Dickinson Team store — which was first spotted by RollOnFriday — also features branded goods for the home, the office and the golf course.

So far the Womble Bond Dickinson merger has been considered a success, albeit in a buoyant market without any major headwinds. How the firm collectively deals with its branded fleece gilet will surely be the first real test.

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44 Comments

Great Uncle Bulgaria

Splendid.

Anonymous

There’s a first time for everything.

Grigor Dimitrov

Why Bulgaria you brother of origin?

Steven Seagull

Grigor having the time to post on here would explain why his career has gone down the pan.

Anonymous

Surely a firm-branded shackle, ball and chain would be more apt?

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Dr Frankenstein

Bringing office to your home…literally!

Anonymous

i think it looks quite sexy. It should be worn on its own though – no trousers or boxers or t-shirt underneath. Just the fleece gilet.

Anonymous

All right, Bruno

Dr Frankenstein

Partner at JD?

Dr Frankenstein

Do meaningful articles surpass the intellectual ability of people of LC? We are being supplied with some shit cakes here.

Anonymous

Stop ripping off RollOnFriday ffs

Bruce

ROF is sh*te, comments section is dead as f*ck.

Anonymous

Does this change the fact they’ve ripped them off

Anonymous

Just because ROF posts something it doesn’t mean other websites cannot also post it.

Anonymous

This is the internet. Learn.

Anonymous

Hi Alex

Anonymous

I go to RoF for the content. I come here for the comments.

Anonymous

Surprised you didn’t put this as an exclusive, a clue that you’re late to the party.

Anonymous

WHAT ARE THOSEEEEEE?

Anonymous

DAT DERE QUALITY ROF PINCH.

WELL DONE TOMMYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

Anonymous

I’ve just qualified into Personal Injury and Estates with Choppa Chowdhury Solicitors in Bradford. Do you think it will be possible for me to move over to a top City firm a few months down the line? I’d love to work on big investment and merger matters involving bulgebracket banks, lenders and other top firms.

Anonymous

Absolutely. I hear DWF are hiring for NQs

Anonymous

Never use the N word on a crowded train, trust me. Otherwise you shall be fine, young nipper.

Anonymous

Fo’ Schizzle!

BG

Absolutely, just pick a firm your heart desires, give them a call and you’re in!

Seriously though, this is getting old and boring. If you really want to be funny/interesting that badly, try something original for a change 😉

John Curran

Who’d want to wear, never mind pay for, a womble dick fleece????

Jesus wept.

Oppidan

This takes the soggy biscuit for the most boring, pointless story ever published on this sorry site.

Anonymous

Coming soon, JD dog collars

Anonymous

I still have a CC hoody from my vac scheme, provided for free.

Anonymous

At least you can use the sleeves on that to wipe away the tears each night.

Anonymous

Please, please, please can we start getting law firm duffle bags like the ones they give bankers in Fínancé.

Anonymous

Good idea, although anything less than a Milbank, Latham or Kirkland & Ellis-branded duffle bag will be embarrassing.

Imagine walking around with a big ‘DWF’ or ‘Irwin Mitchell’ logo on it… *shudders*

Anonymous

True dat

NQ

DWF recently began issuing branded toilet paper, just so that we can be reminded ever so often just how shit we are as a firm.

Anonymous

Chin up, mate.

Anonymous

Before I joined a law firm I worked for an investment bank where they gave use branded anal beads in an attempt to encourage us to work late.

I worked weekends too

Anonymous

Any news on the chastity belts?

Anonymous

Wearing a Womble Dick fleece is a sure way to never get laid. You’ll be covered.

Anonymous

“It’s safe to say that it wasn’t this aspect of Womble Carlyle that drove the UK’s Bond Dickinson into its arms ***when the two hooked up last year to create a megafirm with revenues of approximately £340 million, and over 420 partners and 1,000 lawyers across 24 offices globally.***”

The bit between the asterisks wasn’t needed.

Actually, neither was the rest of this article.

Sue me.

Anonymous

With one of these you will always remember you’re a Womble.

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