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Dechert lawyers embrace denim with new relaxed dress code

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Dress-down every day 👖

Lawyers at the London office of US firm Dechert can now opt to wear jeans to work any day of the week following a recent tweak to its office dress code.

The firm already had a “business casual” dress policy which was updated last week to include the trendy garment. Previously, jeans were allowed at some of the global giant’s 27 offices but only on Fridays or certain parts of the year.

Dechert’s director of human resources, Caroline Bowes, told Legal Cheek: “As a forward-thinking business with an innovative culture, our change in business dress code is about inclusivity, empowering our people, and attracting the best talent.”

Despite the relaxed dress policy, lawyers will still be expected to wear business attire in court and in other appearances that call for a more formal look. In case of an unexpected work engagement, lawyers can sharpen up in suits and skirts stored in handy garment bags provided by the firm and kept in the office.

This isn’t the first time a law firm has adopted a relaxed dress code.

Baker McKenzie told its London-based lawyers, trainees and support staff in October last year that they can ditch corporate dress in favour of a more “business casual” approach, including smart jeans.

In an attempt to boost office cohesion following its 2017 three-way mega-merger with City duo Nabarro and Olswang, CMS implemented a casual dress code to help its suit-favouring lawyers adapt to office life post-merger.

Travers Smith adopted a similar approach three months later when it told its lawyers they could wear “business casual” clothing when not in client meetings or conducting work on client floors.

Today’s fashion update comes weeks after we reported that 60% of lawyers want to ditch ‘stuffy office traditions’ such as strict dress codes.

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28 Comments

Anonymous

Dechert must be a cool place to work tho

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Anonymous

“is about inclusivity”

No, it’s about wanting to wear casual clothes. It’s oddly discriminatory to imply otherwise.

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Anonymous

It isn’t discriminatory to imply otherwise, it’s just incorrect.

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Anonymous

Absolute top. Best US firm to work in the City by far. Excellent pay, top offices, great colleagues and amazing exit options. So good.

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Anonymous

It’s quite a laddish environment to work in.

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Anonymous

what does that even mean?

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Anonymous

They have propa banta bro.

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Anonymous

Lmao no they dont , its such a sweatshop

Anonymous

Hi HR.

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Anonymous

Dechert and jeans.

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Smith and Beston

This joke is predicated on a common mispronunciation of the name ‘Dechert’. It therefore fails on a humorous front. Apologies.

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Anonymous

My trainee’s dress code is strictly leather only.

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Anonymous

Jones Day?

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Anonymous

At Birkenhead County Court the dress code is cardigans.

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Anonymous

Yes seedy mate

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You know who I am

I will be wearing my robes and medals, as befitting my status as a knight of the order of St John.

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Gwendoline

Is it you? Your eminence and holy-trouseredness, Sir Lord Reverend Doctor Sultana Alan Blacker of Harley Street, Council House Dweller and Senior McKenzie Friend (Highest Order) to the stars of am-dram? LLB (Pass), GCSE, Cycling Proficiency (3rd Class) and 50m swimming certificate?

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Anonymous

You flatter him. I don’t think he has the swimming certificate.

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Anonymous

“the trendy garment”

Multiple facepalms

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Alan of Counsel

Like my wig?

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Anonymous

What’s it like working at Dechert? I’ve got a vac scheme coming up with them in the summer, any tips ?

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Anonymous

Don’t go.

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Anonymous

Literally this.

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Anonymous

Topless at lunch time

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Anonymous

There are 5500 training contracts and 80,000 applicants.
A TC at any place is better than none.

So, do your best on the vac scheme, get noticed (for good things), be a bit better dressed, a bit better to be around, a bit better…than everyone else. Hope like hell you get that TC and then you have 2 years to decide if you want to stay or leave.

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Trumpenkrieg

Small Souled Bugmen.

If you see something, say something.

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Anonymous

Cryptic.

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Anonymous

Crossword.

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