Law firms in the U.K. are marking the Platinum Jubilee with cakes, drinks, and competitions, as the country celebrates 70 years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign.
With street parties set to take place across the country this weekend, law firms have been getting in on the action.
Dentons’ London office is to hold a bake-off competition with prizes awarded in four different categories: ‘most regal’, ‘least regal’, ‘best of British’, and ‘best “everything Queen but not the actual Queen”’.
Several firms have opted for themed menus to mark the occasion, including Withers and Watson Farley Williams. Withers’ in-house cafeteria has been running a Jubilee-themed menu this week, and the firm has organised some informal drinks at the end of Wednesday for people who are in the office.
Meanwhile, WFW’s British-themed menu this week included fish and chips, roast beef, and Eton mess – as well as free ice creams for the week in the cafeteria.
Taylor Wessing started its celebrations early, and held a Platinum Jubilee event on May 26 which saw the firm’s Liverpool, Cambridge and London offices link up virtually to enjoy Pimm’s, fizz, and Jubilee-themed food.
Attendees were able to enjoy what the firm described as “occasional bursts of British sunshine” on the firm’s London office terrace, as well as views over the Albert Dock in Liverpool.
Clyde & Co is holding a Jubilee tea party on Wednesday afternoon in London, while Macfarlanes hosted Jubilee afternoon tea in its canteen, where teams could book a big table to celebrate together.
In Clifford Chance’s London office, red velvet cupcakes were available, with a firm spokesperson describing them as “exceptional”.
Elsewhere, Ascent, the specialist debt recovery law firm that is part of the Irwin Mitchell Group, is hosting ‘royal-themed games’, as well as holding a bake sale where colleagues can bring in their homemade bakes and cakes, and sell them to raise funds for The Prince’s Trust.
Shoosmiths has also marked the Jubilee celebrations by raising money for charity, with the firm’s Manchester and Birmingham offices donating proceeds towards the firm’s newly appointed office charities, the Mustard Tree – which aims to combat poverty and prevent homelessness – and the NSPCC.
Next week, communal areas in the firm’s Northampton and Solent offices will be decorated in red, white and blue with Union Jack bunting, and afternoon tea will be served to everyone in the office, as well as a glass of non-alcoholic prosecco to raise to the Queen.