Cobbetts seeks buyer as administrators are called in

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  • Can't quite understand the more vitriolic comments of some. The fact is a lot of people could lose their jobs here - and anyone who can gloat about that needs to take a long hard look at themselves.

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  • although surprised at the news today, it’s hardly unexpected from the stories in the legal press over the years. I’ve dealt with many of the lawyers in their Leeds property dept in the last few years and always thought there was something good about them. hopefully the good people there will find something quickly.

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  • Very sad to see. The firm has some fantastic people and, speaking as an ex-employee, was a genuinely nice place to work. Good luck to all at the firm.

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  • This is an absolute financial HOWLER. Gee-whiz. What a RANCID state of affairs. Truly awful.

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  • Before all the nasty comments about DWF continue, I wonder whether people should pause and think if it weren't for DWF the vast majority of Cobbetts staff would be out of work in a difficult market. I think people should stop being judgemental and downright nasty and realise that a bad thing has happened here and if something can be salvaged and people can stay in work that should be celebrated not criticised.

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  • Agreed that there are some excellent lawyers and teams there who should and will be snapped up. I have to agree with the comment about The Lawyer loving any chance to wheel out that awful photo of Michael Shaw, which given he stood down some time ago, seems rather odd. Good luck to all there.

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  • I worked at Cobbetts for several years. I hope they find a buyer, and that jobs and training contracts are saved.

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  • I can't help but wonder whether this was the plan all along. DWF are likely to pick up a pre-packed Cobbetts, free from debt and with a not unreasonable client list.
    This instead of taking on Cobbetts, warts and all, in the proposed merger last year.
    I'm sure there won't be any way of proving the above, but I have no doubt that talks to this effect took place.
    It will be interesting to see who lands where and we will be better able to put the pieces of the jigsaw together.
    I'd also like to offer my wishes to all those who will find themselves out of work in a tough market. A horrible situation and not a great start to the year.

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  • My girlfriend works at Cobbetts. I rate her.

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  • It's also interesting to compare and contrast the general sentiments posted here with those posted at the time of Halliwells demise.

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  • I feel really sorry for the hundreds of staff caught up in this who face losing their jobs.
    Sadly this is not the first good firm to face this problem and with market conditions and change they won't be the last. This highlights the need for good strategic managment and financial control within these firms. Manchester Law school MMU addressed this for the sector in 2010 with their launch of the PG Cert in Legal Practice Management as most legal professionals have not had the bespoke training to help them manage their business and are still grappling with the prospect of new entrants in to the market.

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  • Thank you Deborah. I'm quite sure that if only the partners at Cobbetts had had the foresight to take the PG Cert in Legal Practice Management, they would not be in this mess.

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  • "Junker-Land in Bauernhand". Maybe some people should have paid more attention to the policies and ideologies of Wilhelm Pieck.

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  • So glad this firm is closing. They took over Lee Crowder and in doing so destroyed the oldest firm in Birmingham. What once was a nice relaxing place to work was transformed into a nasty hell hole.

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  • Sympathy does go out to the hard working mid ranking staff , admin and support but it shouldn't extend to the management of the businesswho during my time at Cobbetts I found to be arrogant, incompetent, duplicitous and out of touch. They were foolish enough to believe in their own publicity which led directly to the demise of the business. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch.

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  • Hmm thanks for the insight Deborah (Business Development Manager at MMU's Law Schol). Full marks for trying. Not quite as tasteless as EAD's twitter advert. Close though.

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  • @5.34 30/01

    Oh well.....

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  • How can their banking clients keep supporting this business?

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  • So sad to read banal, judgemental and sarcastic comments. People lives will be effected by this and I see no need for such comments.

    Good luck to all the staff, at all levels. I soncerely hope your jobs will be saved.

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  • Cobbetts has been a great place to work & management has looked after staff by entering into this rescue package, if they hadn't it would have been catastrophic.

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