Herbert Smith celebrated the first birthday of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) network last night (31 March) with theatre legend (and Gandalf and Magneto of Hollywood fame) Sir Ian McKellan providing the entertainment.
And though lights were still on in around half of Herbies offices and conference rooms, one room shone brighter and prettier than the rest into Liverpool Street station from the monstrous metal-work construction building, in bright pink.
The firm had turned its usually drab partnership lunch room to resemble the best of SoHo bars, with pink ceiling lights, a stylish pink-lit bar, pink cut flowers on pink tablecloths and stylish bar stools covered with pink cushions. Even the PR team and waiting staff had donned pink.
Meanwhile, Sir Ian as co-founder of gay rights group Stonewall talked at length about his experience of coming out and closed with a dramatic Shakespeare showpiece sampler, which left everyone breathless.
Sir Ian encouraged others to come out in his speech and said: “There’s nothing positive about being in the closet – you never build your own closet, you find it. There are people who are trying to re-establish the closet but if there’s no one inside, theyre wasting their time.”