'It's no sacrifice at all'
Ayesha Vardag, the self-styled diva of divorce, gave one of her lawyers the most celebtastic trainee task RollOnFriday has yet encountered.
Plenty of solicitors can cite the time they were told to fetch their supervisor's smelly kit from the gym, or to complete a partner’s kid’s homework. But fewer can say they had to fly a frock to Elton John’s party in the south of France.
That was the extracurricular errand handed out to a Vardags trainee when its CEO needed just the right look for an event with the superstar songsmith.
“This was in summer 2019, long before Covid", Vardag confirmed to RollOnFriday.
"I put out an open offer to the trainees to see if anyone wanted to have a day out of the office bringing me my dress to the Cote d'Azur where I was attending Elton John’s party, an important networking event".
"I accepted the first of numerous enthusiastic offers", she said.
The trainee had to fly to France and back in a day, but she wasn’t fobbed off with a departure lounge croissant. "I gave the trainee a glamorous lunch and time at the beach, all of which she said was a fantastic way to break up the week", Vardag told RollOnFriday.
"We all look back nostalgically to the golden days when that sort of thing was happening", she added.
Ex-Vardags trainees may also look back nostalgically on being employed by the firm, as it appears that in Autumn 2020 only one of its five NQs was retained on qualification. But what memories.