Cobbetts and DWF prepare ground for May merger

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  • Terrifying photo of Shaw.
    Looks like a good merger from the outside.

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  • Anonymous 9:29
    Cobbetts - Net Profit 22%
    DWF - Net Profit 14%
    Good merger for whom.

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  • Shame the press know before the staff

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  • Perfectly logical merger.

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  • Interesting one this as they have always struck me as being quite different culturally. dwf all big, brash, noisy, a bit nouveau perhaps; whereas Cobbetts are more reserved, old school, looking over the fence at their noisy neighbours with quiet disdain. I could be wrong, but that how it strikes me. Odder mergers have worked, but this will be an interesting one to follow.

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  • I quite agree with the assessment of the two firms by Anonymous 2:08.
    Despite Cobbetts' higher profit margin I feel they've been a gradually declining force over the past few years.
    Unfortunately, the rather gentlemanly type of legal practice that they represent is being edged out by the hard nosed money grubbers, who compete aggressively and are prepared to buy market share.
    I suspect that this is more a takeover than a merger.

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  • Shaw looks like the childcatcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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  • Until a couple of years ago I thought Cobbetts and Dickinson Dees would have been a good merger.

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  • Interesting switch for growth from DWF which has spent most the last few years concentrating on laterals. Given the significant geographical crossover and the similarity of the businesses, I think we'll see some pretty heavy cost cutting (i.e. redundancies) across the board, particularly in the support departments.

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  • What is the plan for their respective shiny new Manchester offices?

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  • Warehouse raves.
    After 3 in each office, they'll make a decision about which is in the best condition to be the flagship office for the merged firm.

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  • Seems Cobbetts happy to wave goodbye to staff as quickly as possible. Gossip and rumours should ensure they go before any redundancy payouts are needed do the people upstairs really want to take all the money and run? morale is the lowest ever within the firm May wont be soon enough!!!!

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  • Out with it then surely its time to tell the staff whats going on

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  • I see the work of many firms and I rate Cobbetts.
    I don't see the working conditions or know about the morale. However if they keep producing good work for comparatively low fees then I'll keep instructing them.

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  • I work at Cobbetts and disagree that morale is the lowest ever. I don't know if anon at 7:50 pm does but I'd be surprised if anyone from my office posted that.
    We'd all like a bit more pay, and management communication is embarrassingly poor, but apart from that it's a good place to work.
    We all know about the proposed merger even though no one here has said anything.
    My main concern is whether we'll be able to keep up the quality of work if we merge. The work I do is interesting and challenging. I know DWF does a lot of insurance work which I have absolutely no desire to do.

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  • Neither firm cares about its staff, merely its profit and national presence. I attended a number of meetings during my time at one of these firms, and can definately say they have no consideration for anything expect their bottom line.
    In my view, this merger will bring together two of the least caring firms in the world, and hopefully they will self-destruct!

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  • Morale is poor at most firms right now, because people are tired of slogging through this recession. Cobbetts isn't unique in that respect.
    This merger is akin to Aldi acquiring Waitrose.

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  • Anonymous | 11-Jan-2012 12:25 pm
    Having seen the quality of the DWF employment law insurance offering first hand, I truly hope Cobbets, who I have always found to be excellent in that field, will not be tarred with the same brush.
    Still, I'm quite happy to keep on picking up the dissatisfied clients.........

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  • who is pushing for this merger from Cobbetts? What was the last thing this person championed? Lets hope its not the same waste of resource capital and time leading to mass redundancies as before will it be a fond farewell to the cream of Manchester no one seems to want to own this but no difference there!!!!!! What is the current partner head count at this sadly dwindling once flighty firm owned by none I for one will be deeply sad that Cobbetts is gone and forgotten...............

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  • Having seen the antics of both firms in the Leeds market, DWF have been trying to sort out its grand plan for the last 5 years - acquiring laterals for what appeared to be ideas, only for a number of them to ping back out of the door shortly after. At Cobbetts, partners have been looking at their exit strategies for at least the last 3 years. It's not so long ago that DWF acquired just the bits of Incasso that it wanted. There are a remarkable number of ex DLA/Broomheads faces at both DWF and Cobbetts many of whom have worked together before but have very different working practices and managerial styles. It will be interesting to see what happens when they are all thrown back together.

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