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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  • It must be a bit embarrassing to have to admit to hiring the ship. Don't they have their own, like everyone else?

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  • @ExCityLawFirmWorker - I know, I know. There is a great stand-up comedy act routine which could be fashioned from this story. I was just subverting your expectations.

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  • Anon @3.14. I had a sharp intake of breath followed by several minutes of hilarity from your post. Sailing a bit close to the wind (if you forgive the pun), unless the folks involved have come clean and gone public (?)

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  • If only I had a submarine and a couple of good torpedoes!

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  • Then, if you are any size of bsuiness then you need to think how they are spending your fees and what value for money you are getting for your hourly rate.

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  • Anonymous 3 May 2.07pm

    One what? Realist? Non-hypocrite?

    Don't you have a tree to hug? Or perhaps a bit of voluntary work to convince yourself that despite trousering a healthy wad you are a caring sort who believes in giving something back (other than your hard-earned, obviously).

    Yawn.

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  • GC of large UK retailer. Eversheds are utterly detached from the economic realities faced by their clients, it does them little credit and I hope Tyco are watching very closely.

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  • As an ex-DLA-er myself, I remember all sorts of inspirational soundtracks put over "inspirational" videos to inspire the footsoldiers in the partnership - anyone else remember "What a feeling" ("Feel the passion, make it happen...") at the event at the Celtic Manor?

    This event would be a dream for anyone tasked with the corporate video.

    "They want you, they want you, they want new as a new recruit!"

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  • DLA is the Hyacinth Bucket of law firms. The "largest" firm by headcount and revenue is a bottom feeder. DLA is not a contender for high value and high profile mandates, and it knows this. So DLA charters cruise ships and makes other audacious displays to convince its partners and the market that DLA has arrived or will soon. DLA's numbers are misleading. Its headcount is bloated by dysfunctional alliances and its revenue per lawyer is second rate. DLA's grand global strategy is fake it 'till you make. Until then, keep "churnin that bill, baby" to keep up appearances.

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  • To Realist at 5 May 10.23. Ooooh got yer back up eh. You ask one what? "One" means "pr*ck". Do you want me to fill that gap in as well or are you thicker than I thought?

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  • To Realist @ 5 May 10.23pm
    I doubt very much whether you would come out with your smart *rse comments if you had been made redundant by those gits at DLA.

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  • To the Anonymous contributor(s) of the last two comments. Clearly I have over-extended my reach against (a) true master(s) of the bon mot. You have taught me a valuable lesson which will stand me in good stead for the future. When the argument is lost or the proposition is unarguable, I shall simply resort to name calling and all shall prostrate themselves in admiration of my brilliance.

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  • Moving away from the children and back to the point; whether it makes business sense or not, the public show clearly (as can be seen by the comments) does nothing for their image and of course it will upset both those recently made redundant and those employees feeling worried over their roles. Back in the real world, the client base, many of whom have been vilified for far less, cannot be impressed. The real questions is, will the expenditure lead to more work for the firm?

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  • @ Anonymous | 14-May-2013 6:53 pm

    Based on a 20-year Wall Street experience, any expenditure that builds a better more cohesive firm with more collegial partners who better understand how to leverage each other's (sometimes far-flung resources) will ultimately lead to more work for any firm. My guess is that, unlike the most of the "children" (as you succinctly described them) here distracted by the venue of the meeting, the firm's leaders have a longer-term view.

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