Clydes names insurance expert Burns as successor to senior partner Payton

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  • Is there anything in the fact that MIchael Payton's photo is in colour and James Burns' is in black and white?

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  • Konsta is certainly more "photogenic"

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  • Suspect the contested election will take place once Payton's tenure as Chairman comes to an end. How would Major have felt with Thatcher staying in Cabinet as Chief Whip....

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  • I'd like to introduce you to a man who is like a son to me and will be your new leader. Please vote for him and risk incurring my wrath should you even dream of standing against him.

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  • Tony Blair handed a ticking time bomb to Gordon Brown. He was unelected, with no popular mandate, and was strategically positioned to take the flack for the inevitable forthcoming 'adjustment' and thereby make Tony look good. Except Tony could never look good because his true legacy was the disastrous invasion of Iraq. Draw your own parallels ...

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  • OK, I get the Iraq/BLG dig/metaphor - very funny - but the Blair/Brown analogy is way off. For Monty and James read Putin and Medvedev. Unlike Brown, Monty will be back

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  • Bit sensitive David - but most people are unaware of your roots until now that is. Anyhow ... Anonymous probably has it right - Burns will last as long MP is in the chair and then the in-fighting may begin.

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  • In an unopposed election you can still show your preference by choosing to abstain. Be interesting to know just how many partners did (or didnt) go to the ballot box. Cant imagine the volume or claims-handling guys at Clyde's will feel well represented by the new regime

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  • It will be interesting to see to what extent James' agenda it the exact opposite of Michael's ie dismantling parts of the firm that fail to perform and streamlining as opposed to building revenue and offices as quickly as possible in the hope of outmanoevering (or indeed buying out) the competition. Most outside and perhaps inside the firm expect Manchester to find another home - perhaps not the same for Oxford and Guildford.The General Liability / Casualty /personal Injury practices can't be truly profitable run out of London so they must be vulnerable to cuts or relocation. Equally some of the overseas operations must now be recognised as nice flags on the map but not contributing to the bottom line.

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