DAC Beachcroft has told staff not to steal toilet rolls and hand sanitiser from the office in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
The firm's HQ is based in the Walbrook building in London, which it shares with other businesses. It appears that the panic stockpiling that has swept the nation has now hit the firm.
A partner at DAC Beachcroft wrote to staff warning them not to take a five-finger discount to bog roll supplied at the office. "I understand from the Walbrook management team that there has been a spate of thefts from the lavatories throughout the building...of sanitiser dispenser and lavatory paper", the partner said in the email, calculating that "some 120 rolls" had gone missing "this week alone".
A spokeswoman for the firm, who might be on a bonus per pun, said, "It’s mind bog-gling that loo roll has been ‘disappearing’ from the Walbrook building, where our Global headquarters are based, alongside a number of other firms. We understand that the Walbrook building’s management team is taking a paper-thin view of the matter. As good tenants we notified our colleagues, and asked them to keep a loo-k out.”
It is not the first time that the firm has become embroiled in a toilet-related scandal.
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A number of City firms including Slaughter and May, Clifford Chance, Hogan Lovells and Linklaters have been rolling out remote working and IT stress tests this week to prepare for staff to work from home.
However, sources at Squire Patton Boggs in the UK complained to RollOnFriday that the firm has not rolled out a similar policy for all staff to work from home and so they will have to continue to come into the office.
A spokesman for the firm said there was a policy where staff could request to work from home, but that an office-wide mandate hadn't been given. The firm may not be the only City firm to take this line - let RollOnFriday know whether your firm has told you to work remotely or if it’s keeping you in the office.
In the US, a partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has contracted COVID-19. "We got results showing that a partner in our New York office tested positive for the coronavirus" said a spokesman for the firm. "His symptoms are minor, and he is resting at home."
"Our No 1 concern is for the health and well-being of all staff," said the spokesman. He added that the firm was "taking several steps" which included a work-from-home period for the New York office this week. The partner, who has not been named by the firm, had been self-isolating at home since Monday 2 March "because of reported infections in his religious community in Westchester County", a suburb outside New York City.
Another lawyer, Lawrence Garbuz, has also been affected by the outbreak in Westchester County. Garbuz who is a partner of eponymous boutique New York firm Lewis and Garbuz, was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week and admitted to intensive care. The synagogue that he attended in Westchester County has been temporarily closed and congregants have been told to self-quarantine.
The lawyer's wife, Adina Lewis Garbuz, who is also a partner at the firm, posted a statement on her Facebook page saying that as soon as she was made aware of the diagnosis she "personally immediately contacted everyone in our firm and all were quarantined".