The Secret Diary of a Brussels Law Firm Insider

Ever wondered what life is really like in an international law firm?  Here's your chance.

Two Anglo-Saxon law firms have announced an unexpected plan to merge.  Both firms’ main European law practices are based in Brussels.  In order to encourage integration among both firms’ teams, one lawyer and one support staff member has been asked to immediately switch offices to pioneer the initial Brussels office integration process.

So far there has been one volunteer to make the switch between Avenue Louise and Rue de la Loi.  Enticed by the promise of a pay increase, gym membership and possibly even a company car, M, a secretary, has (perhaps too quickly?) agreed to the temporary switch.  

To serve as a catalyst for integration, M has been asked to write a daily blog for each firm’s intranet describing the successful experience of office integration in Brussels.

Meanwhile, M has started her own private blog, telling the world what life in a major law firm is really like; discussing everything from office politics and stupidities to how her work affects her private life..

Who's Who?

Consult the Who's Who to keep track of all the colleagues M discusses. 

Read More...

Blog Week 1: The blog begins. As does life in a new office.

27 November - 03 December Year 1

Read More...

Blog Week 2: The intranet blogs should be starting ... but work keeps getting in the way.

4 December - 10 December Year 1

Read More...

Blog Week 3: Finally the real intranet blogs begin and one Christmas party is out of the way.

11 December - 17 December Year 1

Read More...

Blog Week 4: Life is just one Christmas party after another ...But why can they be so tense?

18 December - 24 December Year 1

Read More...

Blog Week 5: When the only thing worse than being spoken about, is not being spoken about.

25 December - 31 December Year 1

Read More...

Blog Week 6: Getting ready for Year 2.

1 January to 7 January Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 7: Back in Brussels and raring to go!

8 January to 14 January Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 8: More change, new people.

15 January to 21 January Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 9: The return of recently-absent colleagues.

22 January to 28 January Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 10: Jokes and "graffiti" about the merged office's new location.

29 January to 4 February Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 11: When office rage is all the rage.

5 February to 11 February Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 12: A difficult day and life as a PR party girl.

12 February to 18 February Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 13: Subversive thoughts?

19 February to 25 February Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 14: Order and chaos, chaos and order.

26 February to 4 March Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 15: Strange people, strange office life.

5 March to 11 March Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 16: Coming and going in weird times.

12 March to 18 March Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 17: Brussels disputes and resolutions.

19 March to 25 March Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 18: When office relocation means office confrontation.

26 March to 1 April Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 19: Is work killing me?

2 April to 8 April Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 20: Mergers and acquisitions.

9 April to 15 April Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 21: Easter breaks.

16 April to 22 April Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 22: Back to work, back to what?

23 April to 29 April Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 23: Easy come, easy go.

30 April to 6 May Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 24: Dangerous liasions.

7 May to 13 May Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 25: Lex, thighs and cellotape.

14 May to 20 May Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 26: The calm before the storm.

21 May to 27 May Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 27: Office move, office lose.

28 May to 3 June Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 28: Is everyone sitting comfortably?

4 June to 10 June Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 29: (Re)papering over the cracks.

11 June to 17 June Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 30: Quis custodiet custodes?

18 June to 24 June Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 31: Project Brochure begins ...

25 June to 1 July Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 32: Who would you be?

2 July to 8 July Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 33: Less Fox-hunting, more like road-kill.

9 July to 15 July Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 34: Blackberry blues.

16 July to 22 July Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 35: Be careful what you wish for.

23 July to 29 July Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 36: Taking a blog vacation.

30 July to 5 August Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 37: Blogging in the dead of August.

6 August to 12 August Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 38: The office food chain.

13 August to 19 August Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 39: What value do you add?

20 August to 26 August Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 40: August slumber.

27 August to 2 September Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 41: Back to work.

3 September to 9 September Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 42: Sensitive stuff.

10 September to 16 September Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 43: How everyone is adding value.

17 September to 23 September Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 44: Age-old wisdom.

24 September to 30 September Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 45: All the world's a stage.

1 October to 7 October Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 46: An aural hearing.

8 October to 14 October Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 47: A fundamental truth.

15 October to 21 October Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 48: Right place, right time.

21 October to 28 October Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 49: Brilliant idea?

29 October to 4 November Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 50: Like a robot from 1984.

5 November to 11 November Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 51: Who gives a fax?

12 November to 18 November Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 52: No conferring.

19 November to 25 November Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 53: Keeping up appearances.

26 November to 2 December Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 54: Aftermath.

3 December to 9 December Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 55: Keeping promises.

10 December to 16 December Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 56: Recognising the price of recognition.

17 December to 23 December Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 57: Holiday peace.

24 December to 30 December Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 58: The new and the old.

31 December to 6 January Year 2

Read More...

Blog Week 59: Exit strategies.

7 January to 13 January Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 60: A conspicuous absence.

14 January to 20 January Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 61: Fazed and reused.

21 January to 27 January Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 62: The premise of the premises.

28 January to 3 February Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 63: Neolithic gnarls.

4 February to 10 February Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 64: The invisible man.

11 February to 17 February Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 65: Managing to mismanage.

18 February to 24 February Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 66: Distracting attraction.

25 February to 3 March Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 67: Cup, lose and personnel.

4 March to 10 March Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 68: Tying loose ends.

11 March to 17 March Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 69: Alpha mail.

18 March to 24 March Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 70: The law of thirds.

25 March to 31 March Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 71: Coming and going.

1 April to 7 April Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 72: Why does IT matter?

8 April to 14 April Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 73: Glimpsing the skeletons in other people's closets.

15 April to 21 April Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 74: The ghoul, the bard and the bubbly.

22 April to 27 April Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 75: Sunny days.

28 April to 5 May Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 76: Edited highlights with no holds barred.

6 May to 12 May Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 77: Sensitive sensitivities.

13 May to 19 May Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 78: Smells like mean spirit.

20 May to 26 May Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 79: Biting the hand that feeds you.

27 May to 2 June Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 80: Highly-paid, but somebody or nobody?

3 June to 9 June Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 81: An undetected seismic shift.

10 June to 16 June Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 82: Dot by dot, making the connections.

17 June to 23 June Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 83: A new entrant's maverick behaviour.

24 June to 30 June Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 84: Two faces of the same coin.

1 July to 7 July Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 85: Publicity, visibility and irascibility.

8 July to 14 July Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 86: Spectator sports.

15 July to 21 July Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 87: Rain in the time of cost-cutting.

22 July to 28 July Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 88: Deadly deadlines.

29 July to 4 August Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 89: File sharing in a digital age.

5 August to 11 August Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 90: Men behaving madly.

12 August to 18 August Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 91: Back to the future.

19 August to 24 August Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 92: A beached wail.

25 August to 1 September Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 93: Facebooked.

2 September to 8 September Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 94: Evaluating times.

9 September to 15 September Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 95: Enquiring minds going round in circles.

16 September to 22 September Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 96: Form over substance.

23 September to 29 September Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 97: The rights of Bill.

30 September to 6 October Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 98: Current affairs.

7 October to 13 October Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 99: This is why IT matters.

14 October to 20 October Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 100: I witness but don't say.

21 October to 27 October Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 101: Speaking in tongues.

28 October to 3 November Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 102: The calm before the perfect storm.

4 November to 10 November Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 103: Bald bombshell.

11 November to 17 November Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 104: Billing Bill's bills.

18 November to 24 November Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 105: Internal market(ing).

25 November to 1 December Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 106: Deja views.

2 December to 8 December Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 107: Croaking to death.

9 December to 15 December Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 108: Bitterly cold.

16 December to 22 December Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 109: Joining the pre-Christmas exodus.

23 December to 29 December Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 110: Holiday stress.

30 December to 5 January Year 3

Read More...

Blog Week 111: Coughing and ventilating around a spinning office.

6 January to 12 January Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 112: Fait(es) accompli(shed).

13 January to 19 January Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 113: Office insecurities.

20 January to 26 January Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 114: Inside jobs.

27 January to 2 February Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 115: Hairy matters.

3 February to 9 February Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 116: The "spy" who bugged me.

10 February to 16 February Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 117: Taking the piste.

17 February to 23 February Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 118: Break a log.

24 February to 1 March Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 119: Uncollegial collegiality.

2 March to 8 March Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 120: The unbearable loneliness of being (here).

9 March to 15 March Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 121: Creatures of habit.

16 March to 22 March Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 122: Four seasons in one day.

23 March to 29 March Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 123: Bending over backwards.

30 March to 5 April Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 124: Our reality versus your perception.

6 April to 12 April Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 125: No thrill like an old thrill.

13 April to 19 April Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 126: Daydream believer.

20 April to 26 April Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 127: The frozen handshake.

27 April to 3 May Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 128: An unknown territory.

4 May to 10 May Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 129: Roma-ntic times.

11 May to 17 May Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 130: Crystal clear.

18 May to 24 May Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 131: Known knowns and unknown unknowns.

25 May to 31 May Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 132: Cup fever.

1 June to 7 June Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 133: Fault lines (I).

8 June to 14 June Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 134: Fault lines (II).

15 June to 21 June Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 135: Quarterly endings.

22 June to 28 June Year 4

Read More...

Blog Week 136: Il tempo di dire addio.

29 June to 5 July Year 4

Read More...