Tight fittings

Kirkland & Ellis prides itself on having a flat management structure, but it would seem this strategy has gone out with the trash when it comes to the swish new offices at that London landmark the Gherkin.

Lawyers at the US firm have been getting their knickers in a twist about, of all things, furniture and fittings. It would seem that share partners get to pick their own furniture while everybody else has to put up with what they’re given. Straight from the George Bush book on democracy, but hey, you could do worse than Ikea.

“If you want to piss in the long grass with the big boys, you can forget about paternity leave.”

Which US firm’s partner is taking flexible working arrangements very seriously?