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

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  • It happend before and it will happen again !! remember Shadbolt's ...sounds all so familiar

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  • I can reliably inform Mr Keynes that the guy in charge of Manchester is one of the good guys, the best guy for the job and someone the staff know well and trust. I've had the privilege of working with Mr Waldie and can say he's the one to guide the new firm through these difficult times. Not all the partners involved in this deal have dirty hands, some do, but not all.

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  • the trainees were axed via an email, that's the spirit!!!

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  • As a former Halliwells (London) partner I would like to point out to the ill-informed commentator of earlier that it makes perfect sense to appoint a universally respected and trusted former Halliwells partner not closely associated with the previous regime and that I have never heard anyone to have a bad word to say about Rod Waldie either inside or outside the firm.

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  • In amoungst the redundancies were two first-year London trainees. Along with the other members of staff who were let go, they were promised jobs at HBJ Gately Wearing. It says a lot about HBJ and those at the top of Halliwells who sealed the deal.

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  • re: Anon @ 5.28 "..a universally respected and trusted former Halliwells partner" - he will have to be something special: as is this not a contradiction in terms? I agree with Keynes, regardless of how good the guy is, this is a naive move and a fresh pair of eyes from completely outside the hubristic bubble that was Spinningfields would have sent the right message to the market.

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  • The ill informed and malicious comments here and elsewhere (yes you at Kennedys don't think it doesn't get back to us) is a sad indictment of a professional that espouses high ethical standards.

    As for the staff who received their notice, it must have been a grave upset but to say it was a shock is just silly. FFS they've been effectively on notice since 25 June, and while that's of scant comfort to present otherwise is less than honest.

    Considering the potential outcome I and many others are massively grateful to the long hours the partners (including those of the new firms) invested in securing this outcome and the dedication shown by colleagues in providing our clients with an exceptional service during what has been a very difficult time.

    I doubt that we'll be the last firm to find ourselves in the situation that we did and if others are similarly placed I will not be revelling in the misfortune of others.

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  • An ex colleague at Halliwells tells me that HD have taken all of the non-partner staff, including trainees, in Liverpool and Sheffield and honoured commitments made to those trainess due to qualify. Good on HD!

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  • As a trainee at HBJ I am worried that we are over-stretching - especially as they already pay well below the market salaries, so how can they afford this?

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  • isn't everyone forgetting that the "universally respected" Mr Waldie was one of the equity partners who voted to trouser the £16 million reverse premium ....

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