Staff who drink at Linklaters events will be supervised by sober colleagues as part of a new initiative to reduce bad behaviour.
The Magic Circle firm rolled the policy out over Christmas, giving pause to festive lawyers reaching for their sixth grappa.
Under the guidance, partners or other senior members of staff are designated a "non-drinking role" to "assist the smooth running" of social events. "Our people work hard and we recognise the value of teams socialising together to help provide a healthy work-life balance", a spokesman for the firm told RollOnFriday, without mentioning any plans to install holding cells in the basement.
The firm has good reason to ensure its drinks events don’t spiral out of control - a few years ago one of its German partners sexually assaulted a work experience student at a Linklaters' Oktoberfest party. There was also punching.
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Links, which is encouraging teams to run events where alcohol is not the focus, is ahead of the curve in keeping tabs on its staff, who are also under an obligation to inform management about office romances.
It comes as firms seek to crack down on inappropriate behaviour, which is frequently fuelled by booze, particularly in light of highly-publicised sexual allegations at Freshfields and Baker McKenzie. Recent measures include fines at Freshfields and a ski trip ban at Slaughter and May.