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Scotland feature: Saltire in the wounds

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  • Surprised there is no mention of Maclays' liabilities or horrendous management. I admire Drummond - can we have someone like him steering the ship? I'd stay in that case.

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  • Jim, if you hate it so much you know where the door is. MMS has never been better managed or in ruder health. Our current CEO and Board are the envy of the legal sector and I am proud to serve under them.

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  • Chris, I am not a MMS lawyer (in fact I no longer work in Scotland) but the general consensus amongst a lot of my peer group is that Maclays no longer the force it used to be. Ditto S+W. No longer a credible big 4 firm and the referennce to envy of the legal sector is just a little silly...

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  • Dear Anonymous
    By your own admission you are not enaged in the Scottish legal sector, so I think it is safe to say that my observations and opinions are more relevant than your own. The fact is that MMS has been undergoing something of a metamorphosis over the last 2 or 3 years (and not before time). Previous management had allowed the Firm to become somewhat "flabby around the middle", which was perhaps understandable given the extended period of plenty before 2008. The new CEO, with assistance from his deputies on the Board, has demonstrated great focus and diligence in seeking to bring the Firm into the 21st Century. No longer will underachievers be able to rely on antiquated concepts of "partnership glue" or "collegiate behaviours" in their attempts to cling to the equity ladder. Fee earners will be judged, as they should be, purely on annual financial contribution. "Show me the money" will be the new mantra for appraisals, and we shall all benefit from the resulting improvement in performance. We shall soon emerge leaner and stronger, ready to build further on a tradition of excellence already extending well over a century.

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  • Appreciate your honesty Chris. You're wrong, however. An accurate review of MMS at present is: rock bottom morale; invisible management who give yearly talks; lack of strategy; crumbling practices; staff exodus (i.e. the decent ones who can go elsewhere). Cheers. JJ

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  • Spot on Jim. The lions have eaten their fill and left the jackals to fight over the scraps.

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  • More accurate: the jackals have moved on; the vultures circle.

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  • My sources tell me that management is to blame for maclay's woes. The reason no other partner wants the mantle is that this would hinder their escape plans when things go off the cliff. Apparently there is next to nobody left in aberdeen and their poor trainees have not been told when to even expect nq announcements let alone what jobs will be offered (alway an ominous sign). Maclays is not that unique with d and w going the same way. Simple truth is this : new management; merger; cut the fat.

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  • The warning signs were there when the long-serving CEO departed unexpectedly midway through his final term and was replaced, unopposed, by a Partner with no leadership experience.

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  • The reasons above are no doubt why yet another partner, this time property partner Richard Whyte, is leaving MMS for Brodies....don't think there are any happy employees at MMS anymore. Shame. It used to be a great place to work under the previous management.

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