A headache, a dry mouth and a lingering sense of regret are some of the most common symptoms associated with office Christmas parties.

But for those workers hoping to end the year by finally getting together with their office crush there could well be a further challenge to deal with the next morning – declaring the relationship to human resources.

Alex Bearman says transparency is key for anyone who is entering a relationship with a colleague. "What you can find is that the concern for the organisation [in taking disciplinary action] is that the employees kept the relationship under wraps when there was a requirement to disclose it".

Forbidden love: fund firms clamp down on office romances is available to read on the Ignites Europe website via subscription. 

Alex is a partner in the employment team, acting for both employers and employees. He specialises in all areas of contentious employment law, including unfair dismissal, discriminationwhistleblowing and breach of contract, and has experience of dealing with claims brought in the courts as well as in the Employment Tribunal. He also represents clients involved in discrimination claims outside of the employment field.