White & Case puts on brave face as thirteen partners quit for Latham

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  • Oliver, Oliver, Oliver......what have you done? All those redundancies, round after round of them!

    An employment partner loosing all these staff says a lot.

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  • This is what happens when people just for whatever reason "wind up" working at a firm, as opposed to wanting to be there because they truly love the culture and management.

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  • Eric Berg rightly states that a firm has to be better than others to win work. However, he gives away the show when he says that W&C will be better in the future - which means that it has a quality problem now. That is the issue - clients need quality now.

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  • Even if culture at W&C was the reason people joined, the culture has changed significantly since HV and his gang have taken over. Given the bad blood, W&C will not be able to attract top notch recruits.

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  • I'd agree with the last comment. W&C was a positive happy firm to work for. We worked hard but the environment was fair. Over the last couple of years things have changed. The way to survive was to watch your back and see who was plotting. There have been numerous rounds of redundancies and no one trusts anyone anymore.

    Move over Mr Brettle.....

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  • It is important to point out that the bad blood is not limited to the London office. This negative sentiment is prevalent all over the global network of White & Case. First Asia collapsed after all of the key people left. Then the London office and W&C's European operations started to disintegrate. Now it is the core of the London office and the Middle East operations. It is only a matter of time before the New York and North American operations implode, bringing down the entire international network. What was built up over decades has collapsed in a couple of years under the stewardship of Hugh Verrier!

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  • The last post is a pretty accurate summary. Hint to The Lawyer - go fishing in the W&C European operations to see which offices have had declines over the last few years. It could make for an interesting article.

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  • It is surprising how much bad blood is out there re W&C. Other firms do not seem to have generated as much venomous commentary. There are probably a lot of W&C folks (past and current - each for their own purposes) that just want to turn over the rock and expose the crawly things to the sun.
    As to NYC, those law students you are trying to hire are also reading these posts - so much for drawing from the top law schools.

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  • spot on there is a lot of bad blood! take it from me!!!!!

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  • One has to wonder whether top management is even aware of what is going on in its own house. Perhaps they are just being fed self serving information.

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  • these guys only hear what they want. Its a chnaged environment now with new London managment and the fear of "another" round of redundancies......

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  • Here is another chance for political score settling. Who is to blame for the latest fiasco and the lame reactions from W&C?

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  • In London there was a marked change when the London management changed. Fundamentally one needs to look at who is steering each office, and in Londons case its Oliver Brettle.

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  • Mr Brettle needs to take legal employment advice ...... quickly before the ship sinks..... remember titanic????

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  • Its says it all when the second round of redundancies resulted in a very high number of voluntary redundancies. Even in times of recessions we were all shocked!

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  • I'd agree with the comment above - management changes and the lead figure of the London office has changed things for good. Its time to go when the top bod makes it that that bad to be in.
    At that point it was easier to take what was on offer via the 'round' of redundancies.

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  • W&C started off in London as an enterprising and fun place to work. Beginning 2005 it all started to go down hill with B class partners taking on leadership roles. No mentoring, no credit where due, just a lot of selfish partners and paranoid senior associates. And this is from someone who resigned on his own terms due to relocation issues. For any law students reading, look elsewhere, this is not a nice place to start your career.

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  • Also no lateral partner in their right mind would go to W&C, and that is not just the London office. Too many entrenched partners that will not let go of their power, and weak management that doesn't know what is going on in their international offices and doesn't have the interest to do a review with the troops actually on the ground

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  • From the comments on this site, White and Case appears no different from any other law firm.

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