Exclusive: Mishcon gives every lawyer £20
21 April 2017
In a slightly unusual display of gratitude, Mishcon de Reya has given every staffer a twenty pound note.
Two weeks ago the firm's 750 lawyers and support staff were surprised to each receive an envelope containing a crisp £20. Apparently the partners had decided to celebrate the firm's financial year end by channeling your granny at Christmas.
||They don't ask much in return
Unfortunately at least one employee mistook the treat for their pay review. The insider told RollOnFriday that staff were expecting pay increase letters and there was "consternation amongst fee earners
" when they were given £20 instead. The source, who may or may not be a member of support staff, said that in light of that perception the gift had been described as "utterly bizarre
" and "incredibly insulting
" and that there was, ahem, a "widespread belief that bigger amounts should have been given to support staff instead
Dousing the fires of rebellion, a patient Mishcon spokeswoman said, "the partners wanted to acknowledge everyone's hard work at Year End and so this was just a small gesture – totally separate from pay reviews and other remuneration – intended to bring a smile. And for the resounding majority this is precisely what it did!"
If you'd rather your firm said thanks by popping you on its knee and giving you a Werther's Orignal, seek help.