Freshfields’ tragic carpets given the brush-off

The senior management at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has caved in to pressure from the firm’s London associates.

The carpets in the magic circle firm’s City reception will be destroyed.

In a sweeping victory for collective action, associates attending Freshfields’ inaugural away-day successfully pressured chief executive Ted Burke into signing the death warrant of the tatty rugs.

As you will remember from Lawyer News Daily (22 March), their demise was high on a wish list of associate demands.

And that was just the start of it. As a result of the forum, working groups made up of associates will be set up to formulate best practice at the firm on a number of topics, from work allocation to appraisals. See story.

On a more positive note, the associates made a vote of confidence for the Rocky biscuits and free fruit available.

The free nosh came joint fifth along with the umbrella theme of ‘sports and social’ in a list of their favourite things, which the associates were asked to compile last Friday.

And just to show how much they were committed to ‘sports and social’, the associates had a thorough debrief on the day’s events over cocktails at the Hurlingham Club. We are assured that it was a very full, and suitably lengthy, debrief.