DLA Piper hires $3m cruise ship for partner meeting

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  • If my experience of DLA partners' conferences a few years ago is anything to go by, there will be a smaller and far more luxurious yacht moored offshore for Sir Nigel and his pals. But I suppose it's an effective way of making sure that the handful of independent-minded partners don't try to bunk off from the corporate jollity for a few hours (unless any of them are very good swimmers indeed).

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  • come on noro virus - you can do it

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  • Feel so sorry for those at DLA Piper who didn't make the cut for the partnership this year!!

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  • Angel and Sir Nige rearranging the deckchairs on the good ship Hubris...

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  • That's nice...DLA continue to treat their staff like shite but at least the partners are having a good time!

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  • Quite shameful - the sort of excess that bankers would be pilloried for in the current climate. How insensitive to all of those losing their jobs at DLA in recent months - clearly detattached from reality if they are engaging in these sorts of displays of opulence.

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  • That's a lot of partners to accommodate though - could they have done it more cheaply at a hotel while ensuring attendance?

    Terrible PR but there's probably a sound business reason for it.

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  • I hear the captain of the Costa Concordia is looking for a new gig - maybe he could be booked as the keynote speaker.

    Personally I feel sorry for the trapped participants. I predict in the few days before the start a number of contagious illnesses will be developed.

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  • I don't really have time for the "moral high-ground" comments from the usual hand-wringing wets. If DLA can afford to charter a vessel at that cost (and the partners are happy to take the hit on their profit shares) then good luck to them. If we all stop spending money for fear of offending those who have less than we do, we'll soon be in a much more serious economic mire. Altogether now ... "Money makes the world go around, the world go around, the world go around ...".

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  • An of course this is also the firm which engaged in a bloodbath of associate sackings during the downturn and paid them the stat minimum.

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  • Come on you hacks at The Lawyer, this is REALLY old news. The partners conference has been held annually on a super yacht of some variety every year for the past decade. From memory the rumoured reason in 2003 ( and no doubt every year thereafter) was that too many partners were just using the conference weekend as a ticket to show ones face then bugger off sightseeing for the weekend. The "love boat" idea meant that they were at least all trapped in the same place to listen to latest strategy, unless they were prepared to disappear like Maxwell off the side...( to my knowledge no-one made that attempt, but I open up the floor to debate!)

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  • Shocking, immoral and disgraceful bearing in mind what has been going on there recently. They ought to be ashamed of themselves. Hopefully they will all be kidnapped by Ethiopian pirates.

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  • At least if the boat sinks in shark infested waters they won't be eaten out of professional courtesy.

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  • To Realist at 3 May 12:34pm: There's always one isn't there and you are that one.

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  • Anyone got a submarine to hire - I know a lot of people who'd like to sink the "Love Boat" as it sails through the Med!!! We can't pay much as we're only worth a 1.5% pay increase.

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  • As someone who's seen the bill for a partners' conference at another global law firm I agree with Realist and Anon 12.39. It makes good copy but, to the extent you accept getting all the Partners together is worthwhile, this is probably not a bad way to do it. Maybe the staff made redundant could get a gig serving the canapes?

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  • I doubt there's much, if any, marginal cost here compared to a mid-tier business hotel in any major European city. Might even be less expensive. If you're going to get the partnership together in a global firm like this, it's going to cost a significant amount of money.

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  • @Anonymous, 11.35 am - If you think that this is a good time, think again. Imagine four days of non-stop corporate brown-nosing without even being able to out for a walk to get away from it all for half an hour. Still, I have images of Sir Nige and Lady Sally re-enacting that scene from Titanic at the front of the ship....

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  • Re Realist;

    It's exactly this sort of showy, tacky, snobby excess which forms part of Thatcher's legacy. If you've just made a stack of people redundant, you don't then go off on a grossly expensive jolly around the Mediterranean to rub their faces in the larger profits you’ve just made from getting rid of them. It's crass in the extreme.

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  • @Mr Cheerful - I thought you were going to say Costa Concordia skipper has a new gig steering this boat! Key man risk, anyone? :-)

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