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Kirkland & Ellis launches concierge service to help its busy junior lawyers with personal ‘to-do lists’

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One associate has already used the perk to help her move house

US titan Kirkland & Ellis has seriously upped its perk game, introducing a new firm-wide concierge service to handle (almost) every personal task and errand its busy lawyers can think of.

The new service, ‘Kirkland Concierge’, gives the outfit’s associates and partners access to a group of on-call helpers who can assist with everything from purchasing gifts and booking concert tickets to planning parties and arranging holidays. There is, however, a catch. While the service is free to use, personal purchases and out-of-hour requests requiring a member of the concierge team must be paid for by the lawyer.

Kirkland & Ellis confirmed to Legal Cheek that the concierge service, which is already up and running over in the US, will launch in its London office later this month, and will be available to lawyers and administrative managers initially. The firm said it will consider expanding to other employee groups as it grows, however, it’s not clear if this will include trainees.

Incredibly, one lawyer recently called on the mega-perk to help her plan a house move. The associate, who the firm has chosen not to name, was in the process of selling her home when she was needed in Europe on a work matter. Fortunately, Kirkland’s concierge team was on hand to deal with things in her absence.

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Chiara Wrocinski, Kirkland & Ellis’ senior director of firm-wide legal recruiting & development, told Legal Cheek:

“Kirkland Concierge is part of our firm’s broad commitment to our talent and helping them find balance in their lives both at work and at home. It’s a personal assistant-type service to help Kirkland lawyers and administrative managers tackle their to-do list and reduce stress so they can focus on the things that matter most to them in life.”

There’s no doubt that the firm’s lawyers do not have much precious downtime: Legal Cheek’s Firms Most List shows that junior lawyers in the Kirkland’s London office report an average arrival time of 9:45am and an average leave time of 9:49pm, roughly in line with other big US players in the City. Kirkland famously pays the MoneyLaw salary of £146,000 to its London newly qualified solicitors.

Kirkland isn’t the only firm to offer its lawyers attractive perks. Magic circle player Clifford Chance will deliver freshly cooked food to your desk after 9pm, while Linklaters‘ London office boasts a full fitness centre complete with fancy shampoo. Not to be outdone, Allen & Overy has an on-site dentist and beautician.

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70 Comments

Anonymous

Big deal, Shoosmiths has been doing this for years.

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Paid-for Article spotted

I was about to say. Don’t know what a Shoosmiths is, but many City firms have had some form of consierge service in place for yonks.

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So obscure

Lmaooo @ Shoosmiths

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Anonymous

Still don’t know what a Shoosmiths is. Where can I buy one?

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Anonymous

its a lor ferm

Anonymous

Aesop sells after-poo drops that deodorise your loo after you take a dump. Shoosmiths is the dump you take.

Anonymous

A Shoosmith has been spotted in the CC pool.

Anonymous

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Anonymous

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JD Partner

Sorry, you can’t expense those? That’s the first item in our remuneration policy.

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Anonymous

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K&E NQ

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Anonymous

Their trainees probably won’t be included because they’ll be the concierges

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Tug Speedman

Top.

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Anonymous

Trainees are concierges at MC firms, where, in one department, they were asked to make invitations to Christmas parties they were not invited to. Guess which firm?

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Adam Deen

Eversheds? DLA Piper?

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Anonymous

I heard it’s the top firm of Greenberg Glusker. Check it out, top top titan.

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Anonymous

Who the f are they – never heard of them.

Anonymous

Top firm, big dolla

Anonymous

Arbitration at Freshfields. Next.

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Anonymous

Sweaty and hellish.

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Sweaty trainee

Agreed, avoid at all costs.

ArbitrationSlave

No better at most firms, always sweaty.

Anonymous

Freshfields is a fucking shithole. Trainees get rammed into a gimp desk in an office with a rat problem. You can see them run around on Friday nights, when you get asked to put some last minute comments through because the associate doesn’t trust Manchester. You then find out it was all bullshit and nobody needed anything until Tuesday. Rancid.

Anonymous

Sounds worse than Dechart

CMSlave

Are the hours there really 0945-2149??!

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Anonymous

That’s not bad, at firms paying half their salary, you’ll still be working 9 to 8/9

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Sweaty survivor

Totally unrealistic though – make it more like 10.00am to 2.30am.

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Anonymous

That’s not what the Most List says. Why work at a UK shop for half the cash for same/worse hours.

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Anonymous

Prestige.

Anonymous

LC’s “Most List”, the Encyclopedia Britannica of all things legal…

Anonymous

Except it’s not. Bracewell LLP and the like clearly need to up their sponsorship!

Anonymous

The joke clearly went straight over your head.

Anonymous

Sod off.

Anonymous

Bracewell?

Anonymous

Top

K&E Trainee

LMAOOOOOOO if you actually think the “Most List” even remotely resembles reality. It’s pay-to-play shet made to line Alex’s pockets.

I'm Batman

And at firms paying just a quarter of what they pay, you get a life.

It’s a pretty sweet deal.

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Anonymous

Bollocks. You can work for firms like Dechart and still have a life. If you like solitary confinement that is

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Anonymous

“helping them find balance in their lives both at work and at home”
“focus on the things that matter most to them in life”

Is she insane?! How can you find balance when you can’t do or manage your personal life because work is taking over? Even if you do love your job it is not more important than putting the personal touch to buying a present for someone or having some breathing space to food shop. This is insanity! Fancy words to just lock up its lawyers

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Anonymous

For some people it is….

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Anonymous

Nicely done LC, keep on deleting those comments.

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Anonymous

Can the concierge help replace me as a husband for my wife?

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Anonymous

Only if your concierge is a Bull.

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Anonymous

Yes. The concierge will tup whoever you want them to.

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Anonymous

From my perspective, this sounds awful. Tells me all I need to know about what the work culture is like (not that you need much help when it comes to K&E anyway).

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Anonymous

my firm is dog *hit compared to K&E and even we get this.

NEXT

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Anonymous

Agreed, LC is so shyte.

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To all the studious young women out there applying for TCs

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Anonymous

Is that real? Magic circle forbid it

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Anonymous

What did the comment say?

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Alex

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Anonymous

I’d still rather have a life thanks.

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Stressed CC Trainee

“Magic circle player Clifford Chance will deliver freshly cooked food to your desk after 9pm”

What use is freshly cooked food after 9pm if that only results in my ass and gut growing even bigger? Everyone with a brain knows the key is to order Deliveroo at 6pm, then expense that bitch.

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CC HR Specialist

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Stressed CC Trainee

Bring it biatch.

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Not a Solicitor.

Why aren’t more solicitors hired and the workload spread about? 9am to 9pm-ish everyday seems incredibly inefficient.

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Anonymous

Have you heard the term “sweating the asset”?

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Anonymous

Another salary for the firm to meet, and more additional costs passed over to the client – The result being that the firm has to offer more to attract the client, and the firm expects more in return for its increasing bills, putting more pressure on the lawyers.

So much for that big mental health drive….

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Anonymous

*Should be the client expects more in return

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Anonymous

I love how these are all described as ‘perks’ when in reality it just ensures that you’re working harder and don’t need to leave your desk.

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Anonymous

Hear hear, utter bollox

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not named

My chambers has an assortment of biscuits in the conference rooms and pretty nice toilet roll in the downstairs bog.

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Anonymous

K&E should not be proud of this service. In fact quite the opposite. They are basically saying our lawyers don’t have time to do anything other than work. A culture they instil but then say hey it’s okay because you can have a concierge. Utterly crazy. But then again they know they will also attract junior lawyers for a few years who want the money and then disappear in-house or to a smaller firm once they have saved enough for a house deposit. The one or two who are masochistic enough to want to stay can be a salaried “partner” at 6years.

A fine life getting paid 200k from the age of 27-32 + chunky bonus and brand on the CV but it’s honestly really not worth it once you have a family and proper commitments outside of work.

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Anonymous

A one bed in Shoreditch that you can never spend any time in…. and then when you stop working for K&E can’t pay the mortgage on. Sounds really fun and worthwhile.

Maybe we could all just accept that the system is broken/based on lies and focus on other more happiness-inducing things like… I dunno… hanging with mates, seeing family and just generally chilling the f*ck out. In 50 years most of us will be dead. Let’s make the most of it.

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Anonymous

Or save for 5 years and then buy something genuinely affordable with a low LTV. The problem is that the more you earn at that age the more you spend to make yourself feel better.

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Anonymous

Word.

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#BootsStaydry

This toilet has been removed as it breaches [insert top firm name here]’S bathroom break policy.

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Anonymous

Pooshits Solicitors are awaiting your TC application!

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Meh...

Nothing new –

https://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/22/business/22legal.html

Just CTRL F concierge.

Kirks actually more than a decade late.

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