It was bonkers, like Willy Wonka’s place, last Monday night (29 November). Linklaters’ communications, media and technology (CMT) team kicked off the party season proper with a champagne reception at Hamleys on Regent Street. The staff shut up shop at 8pm, leaving the Linklaters guests free to wander the store at their leisure and get in some early Christmas shopping.
The centrepiece, though, was the chocolate fountain, an everlasting flow of the brown stuff into which sweets of all kinds could be dunked (but not the guests).
Christopher Millard, head of the CMT practice, confessed to Tulkinghorn that he’d nicked the idea for a Hamleys gig from Clifford Chance’s corporate finance team, which had put on a similar bash when he’d been there.
It just goes to show that moving firms is really all about the dispersement of bright ideas.
Incidentally, as well as the chocs, Linklaters also kindly donated proceeds from the night to the Community Links Christmas Toy Appeal.