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While Allen & Overy associates got their first conference in sunny Brighton last summer, Freshfields' London associates will be at the Hurlingham Club in Parsons Green tomorrow for their first ever away-day. See story.
It's a pity the weather has regressed two months, otherwise we hear a spot of croquet was slated once all the issues of the day had been discussed.
Ten headline topics will be at the top of the agenda tomorrow, including the perennial themes of work/life balance and career development. Team heads and chief executive Ted Burke will rock up in the afternoon to discuss the main points and listen to the associates' concerns. Members of Freshfields' brand-new associate engagement group also tell The Lawyer that there are supplementary, 'quick-fix' issues in addition to the ten hot topics that they would like to see addressed.
Top of the list? The carpets in the reception. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde on his deathbed: either they go or the associates do.