BLG brand to disappear as part of Clydes merger

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  • When at A&O Jabba was Hd of Kowledge Management - a well known proving ground for aspiring COOs! I pity the the business services management team at Clydes who have done a great job and now will have to report into the new COO role that Jabba has carved himself into. I am sure that there are plenty of talented people at Clydes who would have liked to have had a pop at that role.

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  • The question nobody seems to be asking is what impact will the young Turks from Barlows have on the tired old management at Clydes? Is there going to be a battle for power?

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  • Jabbari added: “It reflects a professional management team coming at the merger from a practical and robust viewpoint.” Yet another Jabbari management speak classic. Translation: BLG means diddly-squat abroad.

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  • Er, "tired old management at Clydes?". I think you must mean experienced, mature and measured (and who have, in reality, already outwitted BLG).

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  • Anonymous at 6.17am: "battle for power?". I don't think so. Surely BLG partners would do well to keep their heads down in the hope that they still have a role when the lock-in expires. For the first time in a long time, someone will be looking over their shoulders ... they will have to prove themselves rather than "milk it".

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  • The "young Turks from Barlows" clearly have a lot to learn about negotiating a deal from the "tired old management at Clydes".

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  • A clear takeover as many with a clear head can see. This just avoids a scenario akin to run-off due to poor or non existent communications, a huge lack of morale or motivation and laziness on BLGs part. The majority of the partners have sat back and lived it up bringing in no new business and playing golf! Anyone know what will happen to the general insurance practise? Surely Clydes have no use for their partners or staff?

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  • To Anonymous 4 AUG @ 12:50pm. Those who criticise the Konsta /Jabbari management record seem to be those with inside knowledge of the firm and how it has been run for the past year or so. Sometimes the figures are not what they seem and the messages are mixed. Good people have been hung out to dry and a once great firm has been broken in order to preserve financial security for others.

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  • At last the mismanagement truths are surfacing. This team have blamed those that went before them but at the end of the day they will have to live with the fact that a once great firm is no more and many of its best people are now working for the competition and would not have been if this pair were not in charge. Simple.

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  • Let's hope Peter Hasson knows what he's doing with the management team appointments. Others have been fooled in the past and regretted their decision.

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  • All going well, the politically talented but otherwise inept beneficiaries of this takeover deal will have the career lengths they deserve while the true talent will thrive at their new firms and provide clients with great legal service in a working climate free from tyranical management outbursts and doublespeak.

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  • It seems a shame to blame David Jabbari for all the recent management mistakes at BLG when at least some of the credit should go to Konsta and others. It's polite to share.

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  • Full credit to Clydes in taking out a competitor. They will have to pay the price in terms of jobs for the boys (and girls) secured as part of the sell out for a while anyhow - and they will no doubt have to pay for a few more exits on the management side and practice teams over the next year. Clydes will know that much of what they have 'bought' is not worth the money but it means less competition from old style insurance firms. Now they only have to worry about the up and coming firms with a very different culture.

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  • What must the Clydes' business support directors think of the COO appointment? Just goes to show that keeping the knives sharp and political prowess wins over management merit and hard work every time. Not to worry, it won't last long - hopefully Peter has seen through the smooth talking and created a role that has limited power and shelf life ... or else Clydes may be looking for its own white knight.

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  • How many lawyers does it take to sink a law firm? More seriously, a nice little earner for the more senior BLG partners and Mr Jabbari but no doubt there will be a lot of job uncertainty for others lower down the pecking order. Also a huge distraction for keeping clients. The more agile insurance firms like Holmans and RPC will be having a field day behind the scenes picking up disaffected clients and staff.

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  • as a solicitor from the old dowgate hill joe small & [sir] denis marshall days it seems a little sad that the name and all it represented is going.
    nostalgia is not what it used to be

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  • Accountants can't run law firms ? - Clydes has been totally run by one accountant for the last 12 or so years. But Mr Jabbari has managed to climb aboard. He is younger, hungrier and better qualified than his rival - and the old regime at Clydes will be heading towards the exit. So we going to see a bit of a battle for power in the next couple of years. Only one will survive long term.

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