BLG, Hill Dickinson, HBJ Gateley Wareing carve up the remains of Halliwells

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  • How nice that the partners who caused this are now sitting pretty in the new firms when 30+ staff made redundant at 5.00 p.m. yesterday with no notice pay, wages, holiday pay, redundancy etc! Not one of these partners attended the meeting! Lots more admin staff to follow.

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  • not to mention the trainees that got canned

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  • The partners dont have the backbone to attend such a meeting, in fact a jellyfish has more backbone than all of them put together!! Its a disgrace what has happened, hope they feel proud of what they havde achieved

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  • It'll be interesting to see if the SRA/Law Society step in to help the trainees.

    The way the 30+ staff were treated sounds horrific. The partners should be ashamed.

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  • This episode will do serious lasting damage to the creditworthiness of commercial law firms.

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  • Its shaming when those responsible are not prepared to face up to their actions. Common decency alone, says they should face their staff. There may be nothing that can be achieved but at least let them have their say.

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  • It seems that cash from the reverse premium was taken out the firm and the work has been moved on, leaving the landlord and the bank with the debts. The taxpayer will no doubt have to pay the staff redundancies. It's not an edifying spectacle.

    I suspect that the banks will be looking long and hard at their limited liability lawyer customers in future.

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  • Partners who treat staff like dirt? They'll fit right in at BLG!

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  • "This episode will do serious lasting damage to the creditworthiness of commercial law firms."
    Oh come on, like lawyers have a terrific reputation in the first place.
    As for credit worthiness, if you look at the PEP figures listed on this website you will see that most lawyers are hardly a bad financial risk.
    Halliwells was just a badly run firm with greedy partners. We all have them, it is how you manage them that counts.

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  • Great deal Gateleys (not!) Interesting they have signed up to a legacy Halliwells man running the Manc office. This is like leaving Dracula in charge of the blood bank. Naive in the extreme and a serious opportunity missed to assert some management control. The London office will also hardly be taking the market by storm..it should have been shut a long time ago and anyone good has left and its new recruits are frankly not very good.

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