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Addleshaw Goddard partners ask junior lawyers to help cover £600 Christmas bar bill

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A group of junior lawyers at Addleshaw Goddard were asked to dig deep and help cover a £600 Christmas party bar tab.

Celebrating another successful year, Addleshaws’ Leeds-based construction litigation team enjoyed a leisurely lunch last week at the city’s swanky Dakota Deluxe Hotel (pictured top). Those who attended, including trainees and PAs, had pre-paid for their own meal.

In what they presumably thought was a gesture of goodwill, weekly legal blog RollOnFriday reports that Addleshaws’ junior lawyers were under the impression that partners were footing the booze bill. This, according to an unnamed source, “to celebrate the team having yet another amazing financial half year and to mark the Christmas festivities”.

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Not so, apparently. The report goes on to claim that a week later the lawyers received an email asking them to cough-up £50 each, to help cover a hefty £600 bar tab. On this, a source said: “I know Yorkshire men have a reputation for being tightfisted but this takes the biscuit.”

There was, however, a sprinkling of festive goodwill courtesy of three of the firm’s partners, who each handed over £100 to help cover their own drinks and those of their PAs, the report adds.

A spokesperson for Addleshaws said: “There is a full programme of subsidised events at the firm and not unusual for lawyers to chip in for other socials where partners readily over-feed the kitty so there is a low or no outlay for PAs in particular.”

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43 Comments

Anonymous

Insulting…

Anonymous

That’s pathetic. I work for a small High Street firm where there are only six of us plus admin support.
Our Christmas meal set the firm back around £600. The firm paid the lot.

How can a huge outfit like that be so tight?

Anonymous

It’s Addleshaws brah, they’re notoriously tight-fisted

Anonymous

Addleshaw salaried partners are only on 160,000 a year

Anonymous

Still a phat wedge for Leeds

Lad Shoe US NQ

Cute

Anonymous

Quit pretending and get back to revision fresher, January exams are coming up.

Anonymous

I’m not a student anymore – first class degree in making dolla secured!

Anonymous

Yeah sure mate. Don’t forget to go over Land Law tonight, Contracts tomorrow.

Lad Shoe US NQ

Actually I’m back at it in the City this morning winning. Smashing the deals, smashing the dolla, smashing it.

Anonymous

Yawn. Exams in two weeks, you better be ready Fresher.

Anonymous

lol, what a joke

Anonymous

Like you then

Anonymous

Cool

Anonymous

That wins the Year 1 witty comeback award.

Year 1 Primary School, that is!

Anonymous

A couple of those partners are equity too I’d expect.

Another shining example of why many lawyers make absolutely shocking managers.

Anonymous

This party was to celebrate a successful year? I.e. equity partners celebrating good profits they have earned from the work of associates and trainees?

A couple of hundred quid drinks to say thanks for the huge profits the equity partners made from the grunt work of associates is the least they can do. It is ridiculous to tell associates that they are to celebrate their success by footing the bill.

Anonymous

Lmao Addleshaws what a shet ferm

Anonymous

They’re actually pretty top, with many lawyers leaving AG to go to Kirkland, Weil, Skadden, etc

Anonymous

If they are leaving to go elsewhere, they are hardly “top”

Anonymous

lol sure, tell me more about the many associates who move from addleshaw to Skadden M&A, Kirkland PE or Weil PE…… sure.

Anonymous

I am not sure there is much utility in one blog taking a story from another similar blog. It was on ROF – just retweet their story and move on.

Anonymous

Tight

Arse

Khunts

Don’t be a lawyer, kids

Anonymous

The comment made by the spokesperson is hopeless. It just does not square with the facts. Crumbs. What amateurs. Construction must be a tick box doddle.

Anonymous

“overfeed the kitty”????

What does that even mean and in what universe is it appropriate language for an official statement :/

Anonymous

Legal “RollOnFriday” Cheek

M

Shocking breach of the rules.

Mustafa

is Addleshaw Goddard a good firm? thinking of applying for a tc there

KING OF THE BANTER

I’D EXPECT NOTHING LESS FROM MY LADS AT ADDLESHAWWWWWWWWWWWWWZ

JC

Stupid people!

Anonymous

Cutthroat

Anonymous

This would never happen at top top titans Greenberg glusker. Us equity partners pay our own way like the top titans we are. Look upon our bar bills ye mighty and despair.

Angry trainee

This profession is vile.

Angry trainee

This profession seems to lack in good leadership

Jc

The obvious way for the lawyers to deal with this is to hand a bag to the relevant partner which contains: 1) the money; and 2) a couple of dog turds. If, in the unlikely event, the partner queries why the bag contained a couple of dog turds, the obvious answer would be: “oh, how on earth did they get in there? I was saving them to give to Christmas carol signers”. The partner will no doubt appreciate your disappointment for erroneously handing over said turds and offer some form of apology. This will ensure that you continue to treat each other with respect.

Anonymous

Laddleshaws

DWF are mega innit

The same amount the partner’s requested is basically the same as DWF’s staff bonus pool.

Anonymous

The fuckers, fuck them

I'm in insolvency

Truly embarrassing. Nothing can change that fact.

R O Shipman

I was invited to a Christmas party of a company that has about 90 employees. The company paid for hotel accommodation for all employees and their partners. There were also 32 places for members of local charities that are sponsored by the company. There was a free bar all night. The company has a turnover of about £12m and has heavy costs as it is a manufacturing company. Compare and contrast.

Leigh Die Partner

I once paid for all my employees to stay in a hotel too.

It was most enjoyable.

I then asked for a contribution for the 16 tubes of liquorice flavoured KY jelly…

Agent Lookingfortalent

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Have you thought of becoming a stand up comedian? Ha ha ha ha ha

Anonymous

They were only asked. I’m sure they could have (and did) say no…

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