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Clifford Chance's Layton and Norman: We needed leaner leadership

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  • Come on the Lawyer, this is hardly hard hitting legal journalism! This reads like a press release from CC. Maybe you should have asked what CC proposes to do about its trailing profitability - particularly when you take account of the number of non-equity partners the firm now has - compared with rivals like Freshfields and Linklaters?

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  • "We need[ed] leaner leadership."

    Four words you will never hear uttered over at HSF, at least not by the HSF leadership.

    Call them legion for they are many.

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  • Gosh - he's done a lot of "flirting" [note to Ed]

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  • Don't underestimate the scale of this change. It represents the implementation of well-established corporate leadership practice in the legal profession, and means that the CEO (Layton) can actually ensure that his strategy is being implemented, instead of forcing him into coalition with a a motley collection of lawyers who aspire to leaderership but have not been prepared to take accountability. I used to work at CC, and I know that Layton and Norman have the virtue of being well-rounded human beings who understand, more than most lawyers, that management is not a dirty word. They have shown that they mean business and I wish them every success.

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  • The challenge for many firms is letting go of command and control and enabling and trusting the talent throughout your firms.

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