Irwin Mitchell chief exec Pickering in shock exit

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  • 65 year old man retires is hardly a "shock exit"!

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  • Actually, this took everyone by surprise. It doesn't smack of a long-planned exit

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  • One of the best in our very strange world - loyal, sensible, generous with his time and extremely successful over the long-haul. A huge amount still to offer as reality continues to bite !

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  • A very nice guy respected by all who had the pleasure of working with him.
    This looks like a coup and the firm will be poorer for it.

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  • John, I don't think he is even 60. This is a major shock and one can only assume that he has taken the flack for a number of high profile problems which have portrayed the firm in an unfavourable light.

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  • This is someone who has been given the boot for other people's mistakes, feel sorry for John, I know him and he is a decent bloke how unfortunately has some rather foolish people working for him. He should have cleared out the dead wood when he took over.

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  • It is a real shame about John, they forget just how much hard work he has put into building the firm, 37 years rewarded with a 'sorry' it's not working meeting, it's time for you to go, oh and when you leave make sure everyone thinks you are leaving out of choice, you know going to pursue other interest. If I were JP I would just say it how it is, shame the Brutus but he wouldn't get the severance pay would he.

    RIP JP

    CS

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  • More than one Brutus so I hear. I wonder whether the firm will now rush into a merger and try and compete with Slater and Gordon's ambitious plans. The big problem remains? What exactly is Irwin Mitchell trying to be? It is always in the market for a commercial law firm merger but never gets there and it is constantly calling up partners at commercial firms but only ever seems to land people at the end of their careers. Add in the obsession with building a commoditised volume business and you find yourself very confused about what this firm wants to be.

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