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Amid the cancellation of events as a mark of respect to the Queen, legal services company RBG Holdings embodied one of Elizabeth II's finest qualities, by reminding staff that the important thing was to keep calm and carry on (working).

On the morning after the Queen's death, CEO Nicola Foulston emailed everyone at the businesses owned by RBG, which include dispute resolution specialist Rosenblatt, law firm Memery Crystal, and litigation finance provider Lionfish, to update them on their priorities.

"Morning everyone", she began breezily. 

"I am sure we were all taken a little bit by surprise at the news last night and like me I am sure your thoughts are with the Royal family this morning".

"We intend to wait and see what the government issues by way of arrangements for the funeral, the resultant bank holiday and any closures to London to cope with the huge influx of mourners as well as foreign heads of state to decide what office closures may, if any, be required", she continued.

"Otherwise its very much business as usual. We have just had a very quiet summer and our focus as a business for the remaining months of 2022 is to deliver to our clients and our stakeholders".

An unamused insider who decided Foulston was putting the firm before the Firm told RollOnFriday, "This is how the CEO of RBG Holdings responded to the news of the passing of our beloved Queen. She's all heart...".

Foulston, who made £35m while CEO charge of Brands Hatch when she sold the business for over $195m in 1999, told RollOnFriday, "As a fervent monarchist I am naturally saddened by the death of her Majesty and have sent my condolences to the Royal Family. The email quoted was issued in response to requests from my team for information about whether the Group would operate as normal during the 10 day period of official mourning".

RGB is not the only legal business in danger of riling up its royalists. A law firm in Guernsey has “decided to continue hosting a client party this evening Thursday while the Queen lies in State”, said a source, who deemed it “appalling bad taste in a Crown dependency”.

People bemused by the depth of feeling among loyal subjects have instead been sharing gags about Morrisons lowering the volume of its checkout beeps and Center Parcs attempting to exile its guests, and causing uproar by accidentally forwarding distasteful memes to their family WhatsApp groups.

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Scep Tick 16 September 22 09:33

whose CEO made £35m as CEO of Brands Hatch when she sold the business for over $195m in 1999

...which she inherited from her father and sold up as soon as she could.

Anonymous 16 September 22 09:46

Unfair.  She specifically said that they would be waiting for developments in respect of bank holidays etc., hence the use of the qualifier 'otherwise'.  

What would you have her do?  Declare a pre-emptive bank holiday for her staff whilst beating a muffled drum and encouraging her staff to spend the next fortnight weeping instead of working?

anon 16 September 22 10:25

Seems an entirely reasonable thing to say to her employees: we don't know what is happening, we'll wait and see.

John West 16 September 22 10:35

I think we should all club together and buy his impoverished majesty a new pen.

Anon 16 September 22 10:51

Pretty tone deaf! Fair enough on the first two paragraphs but, irrespective of what ones royal views might be, could she not have shown some decorum and put the third paragraph (which is clearly the issue here) not have either been saved for another day or put in a separate email?!

Joey Blocks 16 September 22 11:34

..-"Amid the cancellation of events as a mark of respect to the Queen, legal services company RBG Holdings embodied one of Elizabeth II's finest qualities, by reminding staff that the important thing was to keep calm and carry on (working)..". - hmm .... and partying? Well done 'whisky-s' for your respectfulness and decorum!  

Anon 16 September 22 12:02

A law firm in Guernsey has “decided to continue hosting a client party this evening Thursday while the Queen lies in State”, said a source, who deemed it “appalling bad taste in a Crown dependency”.

Give me a break! Not wise 

Crusty Lawyer 16 September 22 12:17

What an absolute load of nonsense - written before any announcement from Govt amidst mild hysteria as to whether we would have an extra Bank Holiday. After all, who would want to mention to anyone that earning money keeps us all employed!

Anon 16 September 22 13:17

Anonymous Anonymous 16 September 22 09:58: yes, and rightly so. People expect law firms to have judgement, and this displays none.

Anon 16 September 22 16:30

The consensus is that this was an inappropriate email. Worrying that a CEO should display such a lack of judgement.

Anon 17 September 22 09:50

Republican 16 September 22 23:06 - one thing is for sure: nobody cares what you think.

Anonymous 17 September 22 09:53

This is my favourite bit:

“As a fervent monarchist I am naturally saddened by the death of her Majesty and have sent my condolences to the Royal Family”. 

I’m sure she’s still waiting for the “thank you” card.  

Anonymous 17 September 22 11:12

Quiet summer?

Maybe things aren't going as well under her leadership as she'd like to think 

City 17 September 22 16:25

Anonymous 17 September 22 11:12: indeed, and the fact that someone chose to leak the email is a sign of a very unhappy ship where there is contempt for the leadership.

Republagain 17 September 22 17:01

@Anon 17 September 22 09:50, looks like at least 6 people do (including your good self - I’m assuming you gave your comment a thumbs up to get things going).

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