Clifford Chance chief berates staff for taxi abuse

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  • taxi abuse

    Serves them right for moving to such a stupid location.

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  • taxis

    £60 max? staff working out in the sticks should presumably leave the office earlier.

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  • Clifford Chance

    They appear to be struggling. Will they be the first to shed associates?

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  • taxi abuse

    cutting employees perks for working late, fantastic way to keep motivation high

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  • Taxi abuse

    I don't think messages like this can be very good for staff morale. I mean the policy itself seems pretty mean (at a couple of firms I know its 8pm in Winter - it gets dark by this time, and 9pm in summer) MC Firms ask a big commitment from their staff in terms of time (when I last read my contract it said my hours were 9 to 5.30 - fat chance!) and whilst clamping down on abuse is understood they should bear in mind how safe (or unsafe) it is to travel to even the most affluent parts of London (highlighted by the murder of Tom Rhys Pryce) and agree that their location is not the most convenient.
    Aren't most cabs chargeable to a client anyways?

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  • Taxi cost cover ratio

    A thought - what is the "Taxi cost to charge out rate for even the most junior of associates at CC "??? I would be extremely surprised if even in the slowest of economic climates CC can't "afford" to send associates working late home in a taxi...

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  • cost of taxi

    and we though such restrictions were imposed only in India!! Perhaps it is time to encourage 'working from home' policy .... having said that will it work for lawyers?

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  • Excess is in no-one's interests

    I think some of the comments are a little unfair and naive. The Lawyer may be surprised to learn that it is not uncommon behaviour for lawyers to loiter for half an hour or so after finishing work to be able to take a taxi home at 9pm or to go for dinner out of the office and then come back and send an email to justify a taxi home. Most lawyers will know someone who has done this, whichever city firm they work for. Most taxis these days are not actually billed to clients, the expense is absorbed by the firm. I am not in anyway advocating removing the taxi benefit, I do not view it as a perk but as necessary for personal safety if leaving work late at night.
    However, in the current climate 'excess' is not in anyone's interests, obviously not the partners as they don't want to see PEP (or whatever the current measure is) decrease and associates shouldn't want this either as cutting excessive taxi costs is surely preferable to cutting associates or other office support.

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  • Go home already!

    One has to wonder why so many people are staying late if there is no work for them to do. Perhaps Sandelson's comments would have had been more popular if he had framed them in terms of encouraging staff to strike a sensible balance between work and life and get into the habit of going home at a reasonable time, subject to individual work requirements?

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  • latest from CC

    The story continues - here is an extract from an e-mail sent by IT operations to everyone at CC today explaining the process for printer
    upgrades: "...
    As part of the business' environmental campaign, over the coming weeks all MFDs will be set to double sided output and the colour devices to B&W as defaults. Both single sided and colour printing/copying options remain available when required, but must be selected from the menus. This will reduce our carbon footprint and be more cost effective, with the aim to lower our paper usage and ensure only essential documents are produced in colour... " Good policy in fairness but if one puts 2 and 2 together... What next?

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  • Clifford Chance Taxis

    Now this really takes the biscuit. To publish stuff like that in such an environment is asking for trouble. First, staff will be delighted to find out they've been "abusing" this taxi thing. Yeah right... Who's been abusing their time schedule one wonders.. Secondly, if CC cannot afford taxis for staff - can they afford to send such a signal to the competition? Oh look, CC are almost bankrupt...great stuff with loads of Business Development people having sleepless nights me thinks...

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  • Taxi use - Clifford Chance

    I think young Jeremy needs a lesson in effective communication coupled with a review of his firm's taxi use policy. It is not hard to get it right. If you have to ask people to work until 10.00p.m and it beggars belief when taking account of declining mental efficiency after long periods at work. No client should willingly or knowingly buy services from any lawyer who has been at work for 12 hours or more. This is a risk management issue. As for taxis, if it is not re-chargeable just pay it and keep quiet.

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  • Taxi use

    I really don't think they can justify reducing the taxi benefits when they have wasted so much money on a swimming pool, multiple bars and restaurants and excessive office space that they cannot fill. It seems to me they will go to every expense to keep you at work, but none to let you leave - SAFELY. It is no wonder that the sentiment toward CC around uni campuses this year is negative, and will probably remain so. Their claim to look after their own flock seem like a baseless facade, and when work-life balance + appreciation of hard work is so important for prospective students, this will be highly detrimental to them in future.

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  • Taxi use and long hours...

    I remember the days of spending many long and unhappy evenings and nights in the office (not a magic circle firm, but one trying to play in the same league...), and if ever I needed a reminder as to why I love working in-house so much, reading this article is living proof.

    It honestly is possible to work hard, move on (and up), make a good living (including perks and bonus), have an interesting job AND have a life... oh, and did I mention - no more billable hours.

    No, it's not perfect, but it's a far shot from the slavery that junior lawyers in particular have to put up with in the City. I was told it was all about corporate credibility. What a load of...

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