DLA shake-up: Knowles to become chair, Angel to step down next year

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  • In the words of the immortal Steve Miller Band, take the money and run...

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  • What an incomprehensible alphabet soup (and gravy train) of chairmen, co-this, co-that, senior partners, CEOs of this and CEOs of that.

    I am guessing that this is not a promotion for Mr Angel?

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  • So that axe is double-sided, it seems?

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  • Have you noticed how you never see Tony Angel and Phil Collins in the same room...

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  • If Angel survives, it'll be Against All Odds

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  • The problem between Angel and Knowles was that, once Angel was appointed it became obvious that Knowles did not do anything, except push his face forward in the media and read out speeches that someone else had written. And because Angel was more newsworthy than Knowles, he got less opportunity to do this. His elevation to co-Chair will suit him well - he need do nothing except speak other peoples thoughts in public and shake hands with the great and the good, all on a quest for more gongs and accolades for himself.

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  • I think it would be fair to say that there aren't many Partners sad to see Angel leave.

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  • Tony Angel's remark "Managing the leadership succession is an important part of what I've been doing" is hilarious. What leadership succession? Knowles was the boss before Tony Angel's hire, and will continue to be the boss after Tony Angel steps down. In the meantime there was a big round of redundancy with 251 staff into consultation, not to speak about the closure of the Glasgow office and the departure of a number of partners in various offices. The obvious question that comes up based of the above is: "Was Tony Angel hired only to do the dirty job, allowing the boss to preserve his popularity within the partnership and continue undisturbed with his reign?”

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  • Angel was good for DLA. He had practised law at the top of the game and understood it, and the management of legal services. Knowles and Darwin lacked this experience. Neither had practised law in the city and neither were considered expert lawyers by their peers. They can add up though, but were never going to deliver quality legal services because neither could discern quality from mediocrity. Knowles, at best, is considered a very good attention seeker, championing climate change to get a knighthood. Hopefully his co chair position is a sign he is bowing out and DLA can be a proper law firm. Maybe he will put more time into following Prince Charles in a desperate bid to get a peerage.....

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  • That last comment smacks of somebody who is bitter as a result of being drummed out of DLA. Now who could it be.....?

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  • In the name of God, go! No doubt a lot of partners are thinking that and yet DLA just cant seem to get rid of King Nigel.......

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  • Lawyers are beginning to come to grips with the reality that the only constant is change.

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