DLA Piper hires $3m cruise ship for partner meeting

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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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