The slow workflows in London's Magic Circle firms are seemingly getting too much for some associates, who are obviously having trouble making productive use of all their newfound free time. A
The slow workflows in London's Magic Circle firms are seemingly getting too much for some associates, who are obviously having trouble making productive use of all their newfound free time.
A group of Linklaters associates has taken things to the extreme, preparing no less than five pages of rants (which was conveniently leaked to rollonfriday.com) about all that is wrong with the firm's new canteen "Silks".
Like all good lawyers, the associates have neatly compartmentalised their complaints into paragraphs, beginning with "Sandwiches/Deli Bar" which is basically a bitch about the face that sandwiches must now be pre-ordered online - not, as before, in person - "and have them made up to our wishes".
"With the old Silks, many people would always go down and either go straight to the deli bar with a specific choice of sandwich in mind, or check whether they wanted any hot food, and then use the deli bar as a fallback, in the knowledge they would be able to purchase some food which they definitely would enjoy, having 'made' it themselves," the email reads.
Another gripe concerns the heat of the food and the fact that the food isn't cooked to order. "In general, the food ... has only been lukewarm when eaten (almost cold). We understood that the whole point of 'seeing our food being cooked in front of us' was so that it was piping hot and crafted for each diner." Crafted? My my, aren't we finicky.
But Folklaw's favourite part of the letter by far is the paragraph complaining about labour costs. The first paragraph reads: "A common observation is that there are incredible numbers of people wearing black shirts who do, quite simply, not do a lot."
No prizes for guessing who wins Folklaw's "Hypocrite of the Week" award.
For those of you in banking and finance who will have the time to read it, the full diatribe can found on rollonfriday.com.