Exclusive: Leaked doc reveals White & Case sending lawyers on coffee dates
10 August 2018
White & Case is sending its banking lawyers on coffee dates to make them talk to each other.
An internal document leaked to RollOnFriday reveals that HR is matching up partners with associates and sending them out for coffee. The "Bank Finance Coffee Meetings Associate Guidance
" explains that associates have been complaining that there are "less opportunities [sic] to get to know a range of Partners",
because White & Case's London banking team has grown. As a result, some lawyers have found themselves working for only one or two principals.
The 'favourites' trap is a common predicament in larger firms/anywhere there are socially-awkward partners. But White & Case is going to channel its inner Cilla to break the cycle. "Matches are made by HR
", explains the document. The meetings "can take place either onsite or offsite"
Despite mentioning twice that the coffee meetings "are not designed to be formal or prescriptive
", they will be logged and monitored. And timed. PAs "will track meeting dates and provide an update to HR on a regular basis
". In what appears to be a sop to reassure the participants, meetings "will only be for a maximum of 60 minutes
". And to prevent awkward silences, a list of "suggested questions
" are provided "to think about prior to the meeting".
||Just two human beings chatting naturally.
A White & Case spokesman said, "It says something about the continuing growth of our successful bank finance team in London – which has 13 partners and more than 30 associates – that an element of formality is needed to implement this informal team building initiative!"
He added that the banking group "has a very strong team ethic and the coffee meetings are helping to further strengthen relationships and promote collaboration
Here's the full doc in case you want to run a dating service for robots: