A Slaughters lawyer welcome the news. The dog is undecided.
Slaughter and May is letting 1 Bunhill Row go to the dogs, by trialling its first ever ‘bring your dog to work day’.
The mutt-friendly policy is being piloted today. Deborah Finkler, Managing Partner at Slaughter and May said: “I have long been an advocate of having our dogs in the office and so am delighted that we are trialling Slaughter and May’s first ever bring your dog to Work Day.”
“The benefits of all animals and especially dogs to mental health, morale and alleviating stress are widely recognised, and I also hope that the trial makes for a fun and sociable day,” she added.
A Slaughter and May spokeswoman set out the rules to RollOnFriday: “Dogs will not be allowed in the staff restaurant, in coffee pods, or anywhere food is served, or in the first floor meeting rooms.”
The spokeswoman added: “We understand that not everyone is comfortable, or able to be around dogs and have put in place a series of guidelines around the day.” For example, dog owners must ask colleagues who they share offices with, whether they are happy for a pooch to be in the room.
RollOnFriday also asked Slaughters if it was a dog, what kind of breed would it be, but the firm (wisely) was unable to provide a response.
Providing the dog day is “successful”, the Magic Circle firm will extend the trial period to the last Friday of the month over the summer, and review it again after that. It is not known how the elite firm will measure success, but should a St Bernard escape from its owner, bound into a meeting and forcefully dry-hump a bewildered partner, that will hopefully be viewed as a splendid result.
Slaughters is not the first firm to make it paw-sible (RollOnFriday apologises) to ‘bring your dog to work’. In December 2017, Eversheds Sutherland also held their own event. An Eversheds spokeswoman, reflecting on that day, told RollOnFriday that “every dog got a ‘report’ and a doggy bag at the end of the day.” She also recalled that “our CEO’s dog Poppy had to be put in time out for too many zoomies.”
And other firms have also shown their dog-friendly side. One firm posed with a giant dog, another offered a dream job walking a partner’s dog, while a German firm gave over its entire website to someone pretending to be a dog.
If you’re working in Slaughter and May’s office today, please do provide an update in the comments below as to how its going, and whether the dogs have taken over yet. And send in some photos.