Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

City Bank Puts Paid to 'Dress Down' as Shares Plunge; War on Terror

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

City Bank Puts Paid to 'Dress Down' as Shares Plunge; War on Terror

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Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY

SOME of Britain's best-paid bankers have been told to shave properly, shine their shoes and invest in an iron.

In a final end to " dressdown", JP Morgan - one of the City's best-known institutions - has ordered traders and analysts to smarten up. Workers have also been told to do away with "embarrassing" sartorial standards and show respect to their clients.

They have also been banned from using games consoles at work or taking notes on handheld computers during meetings - and instead told to use traditional paper and pen.

The order, from the bank's head of corporate access, David Hitchcock, whose job is to ensure best practice when dealing with clients, tells traders to show "a professional face at all times".

"It has to be said that under 'dress-down' your dress code ... in some cases led to dress collapse," his memo says. "Shaving, polishing your shoes and being smart add to the professional tone. Also, any good electrical shop will sell you a steam iron. …

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