Clifford Chance senior partner wears red nose

Scalextric, cake sales and paid dress-down days are just some of the efforts that City firms have made to contribute to Red Nose Day.

Red Nose Day is organised by the charity Comic Relief, which aims to raise money to alleviate poverty in both Africa and the UK.

Magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer forgot normal protocol for the day and installed a Scalextric set on the third floor, charging 50 pence a go.

Across town, CMS Cameron McKenna managing partner Dick Tyler told The Lawyer that he had been wearing his red nose all day and was currently eating a cake bought at the firm’s cake sale put on to raise money for charity.

Dress-down days were popular at firms such as Freshfields and Taylor Wessing. The latter charged £3 to every employee who wore jeans and £2 for every person who wore red.

An honourable mention goes to employee incentives partner at Linklaters Gillian Chapman, who went to lunch today in a red wig and a Hawaiian ra-ra skirt. It is as yet unconfirmed as to whether or not this was a client lunch.

But perhaps the prize for the finest collective effort goes to Clifford Chance. Not only did the firm display posters of global managing partner partner David Childs, senior partner Stuart Popham and London managing partner Jeremy Sandelson in red noses, it also organised a plethora of efforts including sit-up competitions, a pool competition and a dress-down day.

Moreover,the firm did not overlook the tomorrow’s headline event of St Patrick’s Day. The firm has been serving Guinness for the past two days.