Food next to go as Clifford Chance tightens belt

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  • pork pies

    Fair enough - I have on many an occasion lined my stomach cheaply or for free on the client before meeting my mates for a booze-up.

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  • Scran

    Annoying for those at CC whose lunches are going to cost more - but food is still available all day and probably still cheaper than leaving the office.

    For evening meals, I would think that if people don't need to work late, they would rather go home and eat rather than hang out in the canteen, and if they do have to work, it's (presumably?) recharged to the relevant client, so evening increases won't affect them.

    Of course, the increase in price might be due to people "lining their stomach cheaply or on the client before going for a booze-up" rather than using the evening canteen for what it's intended for...

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  • cake

    let them eat cake

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  • nice perk if you can get it

    Dear 'Anonymous' below: have you never eaten in the canteen after working flat out all day and then going to the gym?

    And some firms have free food every night, irrespective of whether you're working for a client or not.

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  • Tightening belts?

    I thought the associate salaries were just increased...? I wonder if they had to cut back on food subsidies for all the staff to pad the associate paychecks...

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  • well 'duhh'!

    90 per cent of evening meals are charged back to clients, as pointed out below ... so I'm sure all the CC associates are shrugging and saying so what?

    Eveyone enjoys a laugh at the top dog's expense, but this, and the taxi subsidiary story, are just attempts to make a funny front-page story out of essentially nothing. (I did like that headline though -- CC Rides The Bus -- ha ha!)

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  • Enjoy clients

    CC clients should negotiate what associates can eat ;-)

    What about introducing a charge for toilet paper ?

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  • Regional firm in West Yorkshire

    I work in a 230 staff firm. I can take as many clients, contacts and prospective clients as I want for lunch, in some of Yorkshires most exclusive places. The firm pays. None of this magic circle canteen crap...

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  • What about the support staff ...

    Are they really going to up salaries by 6% to cover the increase in lunch costs ... I very much doubt it!

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  • It won't matter anyway!

    This is part of Clifford Chance's drive to reduce costs, which include outsourcing their complete London and European IT Department and secretarial work to India in the next 12 months all for progress and costs saving - even though CC make more money in profit every year...

    Am I surprised? Not really: the senior IT management in the company would not know an IT strategy if it landed on their heads and are being led by a bumbling idiot.

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