They updated the photobooth backgrounds and everything.
Addleshaw Goddard has defended throwing a Hawaii-themed party while the islands struggle with the aftermath of devastating wildfires.
More than 1,000 people are estimated to still be missing in Maui while the death toll has climbed to over 111, making it the deadliest US wildfire in a century.
The disaster placed Addleshaw Goddard in a quandary since its summer event in Scotland this Thursday "was planned many months ago around a Hawaii theme”, Addleshaws told RollOnFriday in a statement. However, it decided it would be preferable to plough on.
“In light of the terrible events in Hawaii we of course considered cancelling or trying to re-brand the event", said the firm, "but decided after great thought and some consultation to go ahead explaining to staff earlier this week that it was not a thoughtless and insensitive decision but one to which we have given considerable thought”.
The firm sought to alleviate any concerns around tone deafness by making concessions to the fact that the actual Hawaii had gone up in flames and its people were trapped under rubble.
“Our thoughts are of course with the people of Maui”, said the firm, and now “a charity raffle will run on the evening with proceeds going to the Hawaii Wildfire Relief Fund and the Addleshaw Goddard Trust has also agreed to match fund”.
It may be something of a downer for guests that the focus of their summer party has flipped from 'hula skirts' to ‘unspeakable tragedy’, but the firm rebuffed one source's claim that the event was occurring over objections from employees that it was "inappropriate”.
“As far as we know, there have been no protestations from staff, certainly none have come to the attention of our senior leadership team”, the firm said.
The last time an Addleshaws party raised eyebrows it was the Scots who were sore, after the Manchester office celebrated merging with a Scottish firm by serving up deep-fried Mars Bars.