It is said you can gauge the magnitude of a City law firm’s self-esteem by the size of its atrium when you walk through the door (‘we’re so good we can afford all that vacant premium office space’).
But for Allen & Overy this is clearly not enough. Last week’s press party at Bishops Square assumed a bucolic theme, featuring astroturf and foliage in the lifts for the spiritual elevation of baffled hacks as they ascended. A&O knows its audience too – Obiter counted at least three trays of drinks before one actually got to the location of the event, which brings a whole new meaning to the concept of ‘pre-loading’.
We’ll be back next year.