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The Christmas party season is a minefield of dos and don’ts, but Kevin Poulter is here to help

30 November 2012

I realise that last month’s column was a little, well, maudlin, so this month, with Christmas around the corner, the first doors of the advent calendar open and on the brink of a new year, I am eager to be – unlike Ebeneezer – the spirit of optimism, positivity and, most likely, at least 15 per cent proof. We are about to be thrown into the party season, acting as though the recession had never happened, let alone continues to consume us. Austerity is replaced by opulence and for a short period only, misery is replaced by good cheer. Already I have been invited to more parties in the month of December than I was throughout the Jubilee and Olympic celebrations put together. This is a time for barristers’ chambers to give back to instructing solicitors (and encourage us ?to keep them in mind next year) and for firms to give back to their employees (and remind us how happy we are to go to ?work, even if there hasn’t been a pay ri...

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