Norton Rose Fulbright has compensated staff for the lack of a 2020 summer party with a takeaway bonanza.

The firm has given each employee £50 to splash on Deliveroo in lieu of its usual annual bash.

The office party has been a tragic casualty of the pandemic, and means lawyers will miss out on:

  • small talk with partners in other departments for whom they worked briefly on a deal two years ago.
  • spotting whether peers from their intake are hobnobbing easily with big hitters or shunned and floundering.
  • being present at the birth of seven affairs and a future NDA.

Instead they will have to make do with a bucket of KLUK fried chicken, Nandos or KFC. "It's a nice gesture", said a solicitor. "We don't even have to maintain awkward chat as we watch each other eat messily over Zoom - it's to spend with friends and family". Or just themselves.

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Despite admitting that he was "embittered", a senior associate conceded it was "fair play" by management, as they "could have easily just pocketed this money".

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    Loner 11 September 20 09:47

    I'd like to see this rolled out on a permanent basis so that I can avoid all social interaction with my colleagues.

    Anonymous 11 September 20 12:01

    and avoid all the awkward interaction with the partners, that's worth it on its own.

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