In-house lawyers have been disclosing their best and worst experiences with firms in the RollOnFriday survey. If you're in-house and haven't entered, you can do so anonymously right now.

Maclay Murray Spens is bottom of the pile for one in-house lawyer. They got dressed up for the night after being invited to a "networking ball" by MMS, which "then failed to show up, leaving me sat on my own for the duration of the night".

    "I should be dancing with a lawyer right now"

Norton Rose Fulbright has garnered an impressive amount of praise in the survey, though not from the in-house lawyer dealing with a partner in the Middle East who scheduled all his conference calls "when he was in the middle of a meal, at a restaurant". And forgot to press mute, so everyone "heard him order dessert". At least it's better than the firm accused by a private equity house lawyer of "ramping up their fees" by putting "at least 4 partners and goodness knows how many 'silent' associates and trainees on every 5 minute call".

But there's nothing more traumatising than receiving a gift and then having to give it back, which means the worst experience so far comes courtesy of Allen & Overy, which gifted a nice new textbook to an in-house lawyer, then phoned up asking for it back "because it wasn't supposed to be released".

In-house lawyers, spill the beans on the good and the bad by entering the in-house survey.
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Anonymous 09 January 15 12:23

"networking ball .... failed to show up". How could the ball fail to show up?? Was it not the host who did that?

Anonymous 09 January 15 13:25

Anon user at 12.23 displays a particular tendency which makes the profession so loathed and despised by most normal members of the human race, namely, treating every comment as if it should be strictly construed as a legal document. It is clearly obvious from the story that it was MMS who failed to turn up. Clown.

Anonymous 14 January 15 14:33

Anon User at 12:23, I wish that you would read the article more carefully.
Otherwise the interesting written logic and penmanship that we have been subjected to would not have occurred.
It specifically states that MMS failed to turn up - incredibly enough, the whole lot of them - and that the poor in-house lawyer who was invited was clearly disappointed that the people who invited them did not turn up, meaning socially the in-house lawyer was left all on their own for the entirety of the evening. Doing that to a client is so disrespectful. It's not the first time and it won't be the last.
The ball did not fail to show up, as you state. The ball took place, and MMS failed to show up, which is why the poor in-house lawyer who got all dressed up for the occasion was left all alone. One has to empathise with the client, who felt strongly enough to write about the horrid experience, which I feel you have not really done.
One senses it was a shy female in-house lawyer but that is not really the point.
Yours Aye,
Hector Lee,
Happy Valley, HK

Anonymous 14 January 15 14:33

Anon User at 12:23, I wish that you would read the article more carefully.
Otherwise the interesting written logic and penmanship that we have been subjected to would not have occurred.
It specifically states that MMS failed to turn up - incredibly enough, the whole lot of them - and that the poor in-house lawyer who was invited was clearly disappointed that the people who invited them did not turn up, meaning socially the in-house lawyer was left all on their own for the entirety of the evening. Doing that to a client is so disrespectful. It's not the first time and it won't be the last.
The ball did not fail to show up, as you state. The ball took place, and MMS failed to show up, which is why the poor in-house lawyer who got all dressed up for the occasion was left all alone. One has to empathise with the client, who felt strongly enough to write about the horrid experience, which I feel you have not really done.
One senses it was a shy female in-house lawyer but that is not really the point.
Yours Aye,
Hector Lee,
Happy Valley, HK

Anonymous 15 January 15 19:10

To be fair to 12:23, I had to re-read that paragraph to work out what was meant there, though I felt no desire to make a post!