Update 2: A Softer Side?

Lawjobs.com was kind enough to summarize some of the “more bizarre” perks at some law firms:

The rewards offered to busy lawyers extend beyond salaries and into all sorts of gratis goodies. Legal Week casts its eye over some of the more bizarre perks on offer, from beauty treatments to free chocolate bars.

Flu jabs. Free for the elderly, infirm and … er … associates at Herbert Smith, Lovells and Beachcroft.

Complimentary fruit. Dechert, McGrigors and Hill Dickinson prefer to boost their associates’ immune systems through all-you-can-eat fruit policies. Mindful of the dangers of vitamin C overload, Reed Smith takes a more cautious approach — offering a “nutritious snack” every Friday.

Will-writing surgeries. If the flu jabs and fruit don’t appear to be doing the trick, embrace your mortality, bill like crazy in the time you’ve got left and concentrate on leaving a fat wedge of expertly drafted legacy to friends and loved ones, courtesy of Berwin Leighton Paisner’s will-writing surgeries.

Sleeping pods. Work so many hours that you’ve forgotten what your partner looks like in daylight? Well, why not ditch them, sell your flat and move into the office full time?! Lovells and Ashurst have boarding school-style facilities just waiting to be taken advantage of.

Stress counseling. For those worried about becoming a statistic in the next wave of job losses, salvation comes in the form of the professional counseling services provided by Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft and CMS Cameron McKenna.

On-site Starbucks and bar. Clifford Chance favors the old-school approach to keeping happy and healthy: a shot of caffeine to perk you up early, some high-calorie, cream-filled snacks as a spirit-raising treat around noon, followed by a double scotch to settle you down at the end of the day.

Shoe shining. “Oh my God! You can’t possibly meet the client in those dirt-encrusted old things!” Fortunately, if you’re an associate at Cadwalader or Trowers & Hamlins, help is at hand.

New age therapies. Withers offers Alexander technique and reflexology, Wragge & Co provides yoga classes while SJ Berwin has a “wellness center.” Reports (unconfirmed at the time of going to press) described a Goa-style retreat behind some velvet curtains in the corner of the corporate department.

Beauty treatment. Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Clifford Chance all have their very own Gok Wans on call to make sure their associates don’t look too haggard.

Free vending machine food after 7 p.m. Eschewing flashy perks, LG offers free candy if you work late. Doubtless, the place is packed in the evenings.


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