Partners at Addleshaw Goddard have been accused of Scrooge-like behaviour after they sent underlings a bill for Christmas drinks.
The Leeds construction litigation team was treated to a slap-up lunch at the luxurious Dakota Deluxe Hotel in the city last week. Everyone, including PAs and trainees, pre-paid for their meals. But a source told RollOnFriday that junior lawyers were given the impression the booze would be laid on by the partners "to celebrate the team having yet another amazing financial half year and to mark the Christmas festivities".
Unfortunately they appear to have been labouring (drinking) under a misapprehension. Because a week later all the lawyers received an email asking for £50 each, to clear a £600 drinks bill. "I know Yorkshire men have a reputation for being tightfisted", said a source, "but this takes the biscuit". They said that "at least our meal was covered last year", and pointed out that two of the three partners were equity.
The three partners paid for their own drinks and those of their PAs, chipping in £100 apiece. A spokesman for Addleshaw Goddard suggested the firm isn't that tight overall, citing a local office Christmas party a week earlier at which staff got some drinks vouchers and food was free. He also said one of the three partners didn't even attend the meal, but paid in anyway.
He said the total bill for food and drink represented an "admirable portion of Christmas cheer", adding that "there is a full programme of subsidised events at the firm", and that "it's not unusual for lawyers to chip in for other socials where partners readily over-feed the kitty so there is a low or no outlay for PAs in particular".