A&O and Herbies share £3m of public funding for Belfast launches

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  • When A&O and Herbies let a tax-payer-pound subsidy influence their location/recruitment decisions they cease to be a businessman's choice of legal advisor. These days there is better value to be found in the niche practices set up by ex-City partners in Mayfair, Belgravia etc with their web of connections. And for the ubergeldesladen there is the 'floating' practice moored off Monte Carlo! (Is it true that the SRA licensed it?!)

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  • They are just greedy corporate ass*s who are getting rid of some very loyal workers in return for what they call "saving the business a few million" (in the short term) some of these staff have worked at A&O for over 15 years and more - I know because I am one of these "expendables" who will be looking for work come autumn. They make me sick.

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  • "Sounds to me like Invest NI is gambling a bit on A&O not managing to persuade its staff to move"
    Gambling? Who on earth wants to move to NI?

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  • This would be funny if it weren't so serious. Quite why highly profitable businesses need a subsidy for this is hard to fathom. Why not apply a means test as with other state benefits? it is highly likely there are millions of additional profit that both firms could achieve through some minor changes in working practices and no one would have to work a 'unit' longer. Perhas the partners involved are secretly bankers at heart and feel a sense of entitlement.

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  • @Ashley Balls | 11-Feb-2011 0:35 am
    At least the banks who opened up offices in Belfast offer salaries that are above the national minimum wage.

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  • You really don't like Herbert Smith, do you hate IHateBPP? I've seen quite a few posts by you about their Belfast Office on a couple of websites.

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  • @Anonymous | 11-Feb-2011 3:23 pm
    It's nothing personal, I just find that the salaries they're offering and their spin doctoring of their new offices are offensive to any right thinking person.

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