All hail the ‘beast from the east’! In addition to causing hordes of workers to ‘shirk from home’, it also ground the UK construction industry to a halt.


An unconfirmed shot of an LSH worker on the way to Maidenhead

Metropolis’s favourite press release of the week came from the Federation of Master Builders, which claimed that it was “too cold to lay bricks” and that work at a number of construction sites was halted due to the heavy snow.

‘Snowmaggedon’ also wreaked havoc at the offices of Lambert Smith Hampton in Reading. According to a “well-placed source”, a frozen water pipe at the firm’s office burst and blew the electricity circuit boards, which meant the premises were uninhabitable. As a result, LSH’s Reading team was forced to decamp to the firm’s Maidenhead office.

Metropolis has yet to receive confirmation as to whether or not this impromptu cohabitation arrangement led to a flurry of deal activity or gritted teeth from the regular incumbents of LSH’s Maidenhead office.