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5 key trends for the 2021 corporate Christmas Party Season

Jun 21, 2021

Over the last two years, the events industry has been faced with things that we’ve never had to deal with before – so it’s a little tricky to make prediction on how businesses are going to approach their end of year celebrations and any impact this may have on Christmas party venues in London.

That said, venue finding experts at Venue Search London, who booked over £1.5m of Christmas parties into London venues in the 2019 season, have outlined some early booking patterns that may indicate how the corporate Christmas party season may go within the all-important return to live events.

Testing, testing, testing

Although it is still uncertain whether Covid passports will be used for domestic events, it does look likely that people will carry these for their long-awaited trips overseas. This indicates that there may be requirements to provide proof of vaccination or negative lateral flow tests on the return to the office environment, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see this policy extended to off-site socials.

The end of the line for the buffet

The buffet has been a staple food service offering for informal dining for decades, but many of us will not be too sad to see the end of the buffet queue. Current regulations and perceived risks of cross-contamination are putting an end to the buffet setup, caterers instead focusing on innovative new ways to deliver informal food offerings: bento boxes, well-spaced canape trays, bowl food.

More entertainment, but less dancing

For event bookers, the packed dancefloor remains a distant memory for the time being. Whilst many of us may find ourselves attending busy bars, weddings or nightclubs before the end of the summer – with many fears therefore subsided – it is possible that event organisers may wish for an easing back into social event programmes. After-dinner entertainment is shifting, with comedy slots and other stage performances replacing the end-of-evening dancing. This is likely to impact finish times for events, too, with 10-11pm finishes likely which may be popular with hosts and/or guests after an unusual year.

The return of the Christmas lunch

In keeping with the shift in after-dinner entertainment practices, a resurgence of daytime events reflects increasing awareness of work/life balance and growing company responsibilities around wellbeing. This would not only reduce alcohol intake and enable attendees to get home earlier; it’s also anticipated that Fridays will become the favoured day for these lunch events – many of which will include live comedy or other on-stage entertainment.

Mixing business with pleasure

For many companies, the Christmas event may be the first time the whole company is reunited in the same room for two years, and business leaders may well feel that combining a conference and/or internal awards with a lunch or dinner is a more suitable return to social events than the full-on party format. For evening events, this may lean towards a 3pm start, with the business element leading into a dinner, with a 10pm finish.

Whatever the chosen London Christmas party format, the booking patterns for 2021 end of year celebrations will be like no other. 

Whilst some companies have already got events booked due to postponements from 2020, others are booking now to secure their preferred dates. Many decision-makers are awaiting greater confidence and clarity in the roadmap to recovery dates and restrictions before making a final call on their plans for this December.

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John Branca Attorney and the Traits of a Celebrity Attorney

Jun 3, 2021

The legal profession is a highly completed and highly specialized part of modern society. The law covers an assortment of personal and professional matters both for individuals and corporations and for many having a skilled attorney is a necessity for daily activities and common tasks. While corporations may be the first thing you think of when you think of people who have personal attorneys celebrities also need specialized legal assistance and protection. A celebrity attorney provides unique services that famous and well-known people require to both do their jobs and live their lives.

What Are The Traits of a Good Celebrity Attorney?

A celebrity attorney faces unique challenges and therefore has to have the right mentality to properly assist their clients. Here are three traits that the best celebrity attorneys all have in common.

1. Commitment

To be the best celebrity attorney possible you have to be committed to everything that you do. This commitment covers not only your clients but also your colleagues and importantly yourself. Being well-known famous should not be your goals but the quality of the work you do. Following through on your plans, meeting your goals, and providing the best service possible for your clients speaks for you and shows the results of your commitment. In many cases letting your work speak for itself can do more for your acclaim than simply seeking it out as an end in itself.

2. Boldness

The world of the famous is not one defined by passive personality types celebrity itself is associated with bold unique personalities. An effective celebrity attorney has to be able to stand by their statements, actions, and beliefs it is not an area of legal representation that has timid personalities. Celebrity (especially the music industry) is always changing and is very competitive an attorney representing famous clients or those in creative fields has to be ready to act when it is needed. As the old proverb goes fortune favors the bold.

3. Drive

All attorneys are driven, but a celebrity attorney is uniquely driven. The drive to succeed and surpass all other attorneys is a key trait of a good celebrity attorney. In many ways, this drive reflects the clients they represent. Despite the common view that celebrities don’t work hard every famous actor or musician is hardworking and very driven often working long hours and without much reward to establish their career. This drive doesn’t go away once a celebrity has become well-known either many are more committed than ever to providing the best work possible and doing the work needed to make that happen.

Final Thoughts

As an attorney, you are tasked with caring for some of your client’s most important concerns. These include the contracts that dictate their career, estate planning that organizes their finances, reviewing contracts for companies they work with, and dealing with legal concerns such as slander in the media. Celebrities have unique concerns and it takes a skilled attorney to assist them in dealing with them. By being hardworking, committed to what you do, and putting the highest value on succeeding in your goals you can provide exactly the type of assistance they need.

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