Divorce star Ward leaves Manches for Stewarts

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  • What is the difference between a secretary and a 'word processing operative'?

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  • The comparison between Fiona Shackleton, who quit Farrer & Co in 2000 for Payne Hicks Beach, and Helen Ward is a bad one.

    Shackleton moved at a time when she was still only 43 and at the hight of her brilliant career. Ward, in contrast is in her 60s and is competing for work with 10 other Manches family partners. These include Jo Edwards (Vice Chair of Resolution) Rebecca Cockcroft ( Lawyer "Hot 100" 2012 ), James Stewart ( Lawyer "Hot 100" 2011 and Chair of Collaborative Family Law) , Anna Worwood ( a recognised authority in international family law ) and Jane Craig ( the well-loved head of the Manches Family Team). Wards near contemporary, Louise Spitz ( widely regarded as the "elder Stateswoman" of family law), and her junior partner Nicola Wager are also remaining at Manches. Whilst the firm will undoubtedly miss her, her retirement from the partnership must surely have been anticipated.

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  • it would be really good to see some robust study covering the costs and benefits of 'musical chairs'. Personally, I doubt there are any meaningful winners who are not recruitrers, especially now in a market where costs are rising faster than fees. 'Purchased' partners are not always the quick-fix they are held out to be.

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  • Secretary: operates like a PA but less expensive. Handles a wide variety of admin tasks but does not specialize in one particular task. Routinely deals with travel arrangements, bookings, visas, arranging meetings, screens calls, proofreading, basic internet research, and some do personal tasks such as shopping. They have other miscellaneous skills too, for example an intelligent lawyer usually would recognize that secretaries have better personal skills than lawyers and can make use of this to make his or her life easier.
    A word processing operative just performs one of the functions of a secretary but does so with greater skill. She types, helps prepare powerpoints, Excel. A secretary can usually do all this, just not as well.

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  • Staggered that any employee could be termed an operative.

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  • I cannot for one minute believe Helen Ward is in her 60s. She looks much younger. Of course that's just my opinion based on her seeing her in real life, but I am astounded that the commentator above would stoop to discussing a lady's age. I know Helen Ward herself won't care two hoots, but it's a poor reflection on the Lawyer that they allowed this to be printed. Has the Lawyer's editorship been handed over to Wayne and Waynetta Slob?

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  • Being described as an operative by Manches is positively brimming with the milk of human kindess, I'm surprised it wasn't 'ingrate' knowing them and the way they talk about their support staff.

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  • With the greatest of respect to the lovely Helen Ward, I believe that it may well have been her new firms PR team who were drawing an analogy with Baroness Shackleton. It was therefore fair to point out that the two ladies, though both great lawyers, are of different generations.

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