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Management by karaoke: An alternative festive agenda

By Guy Vincent, Partner, Bircham Dyson Bell 

7 December 2012

At this time of year, lawyers gleefully write thought pieces warning employers that they can be liable for the wild behaviour of their employees during Christmas revels. However, there can be a more positive side to the holiday period.

The traditional image of law firms at Christmas is of rather starchy partners celebrating the season over a glass of sherry whilst the firm’s staff drink heavily and then do athletic things on the photocopiers.

We have of course moved on and, even in these lean financial times, we can normally find a budget for a firmwide event. The chief sport is then the sweepstake to see which partners will not put on their papers hats.

What festive events so often emphasise are the barriers between partners and others, and also those between lawyers and support staff. The problem can be because people are busy. Partners can be seen as distant and are not all good at cre...

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