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Cobbetts: Tough guise

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  • So where is it all heading?

    I see Cobbetts has just intoroduced a four day week for staff. Sounds to me like the worst is not over. Morale cannot possibly be good in afirm which has continually lurched from crisis to crisis. The Birmingham office does not fit into the firm as a unit and may well be divested next year. Not a fun place to be.

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  • Globalisation

    Napoleon invading Russia, Hitler invading Russia. Hope Cobbetts equipment is suitable for the inclement financial climate

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  • Looking up.

    Cobbetts has NOT "intoroduced a four day week for staff". Some corporate lawyers in Manchester are working a 4 day week. This is a tiny fraction of the workforce and a much better option than making people redundant who will be needed when the work picks up.

    Morale is great considering the redundancies. I put this down to the management's open communications with the staff. They are transparent and honest and unlike other firms there has never been any attempt to 'performance manage' people out to massage the redundancy figures. I wonder how much "fun" it is working at the numerous firms where this happens.

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  • 4 Day Week, Corporate Lawyers?

    Surely thats an increase in their normal workload?

    Cobbetts Corporate hasn't knowingly hit target in the past four years to my knowledge, look at the turnover of staff.

    I have very happy memories from there, Leeds in particular, and wish them well, but Birmingham is going to drag them down unless they can divest it, and frankly who would want it? There were no other offers on the table when they were taken over, the best people have left there already, and the office space is very expensive.

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  • 4 days

    Refreshing to see a firm doing something other than sacking people at the first opportunity when times get tough - I say good for them.

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  • Interesting! they are now going international with an office in Cairo

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