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  • Come off it - having a regional P&L is a disastrous move, guaranteed to breed infighting, unnatural practice,s client and work-hogging and a complete absence of co-operation across practice groups and departments. Verrier comes across as a tyrannical bully cos that's exactly what he is. Nobody stood against him because they knew they would be unlikely to win and they would suffer years of retribution from HV for having the temerity to stand against him. This is the Bill Tudor-John syndrome all over again - hubris will catch up with Hugh eventually.

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  • What everyone knows (except it seems "The Lawyer" ) is that most of the Lathamites have failed to bag any big clients when they left and are now 3 feet deep in it...

    Reality is also that no one in the market (myself included) expected W&C to manage the crisis so well, in London and elsewhere. It's a lesson for all large international firms going through a rough time. Ashurst, are you listening??

    As for "hardened cynic" above, what are you suggesting? Office-based P&L sucks and you are saying thet regional P&L is "disatrous." Can you elaborate?

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  • HV recently visited one of the European offices on the continent to explain why the office was just fine despite some senior lawyer offices etc. To quote one of the junior partners when asked about what HV said: "Same old blah, blah, blah."

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  • Verrier has no coherent strategy for Asia. His rode his luck well in Russia during the boom years but the jury is still out As to whether he is a one trick pony or not. He might well prove us right.

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