DLA Piper names Tim Clement-Jones as London chief

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  • Congrats Tim

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  • I seem to remember that a previous Peer who was a Libdem Treasurer made a right mess of a London law firm .....

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  • Huge congratulations to Tim Clement-Jones & Good Luck.

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  • Congrats Tim


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  • a bit slow on the uptake Tim (maybe because on the otherside of the world) but just heard the good news!

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  • Wishing Tim Clement-Jones all the best in the new position.
    Hopefully, there will be little controversy in his judgment which has been called into question as Chair of Council at the School of Pharmacy.

    Over the last 18 months Clement-Jones has been unwavering in his support for the Dean's and Chief Operating Officer's plans to merge this unique institution with UCL. The plans have been clearly rejected by a large majority of staff, alumni, and fellows. In fact, the staffs' dissatisfaction with the Dean's handling of the process culminated in a vote of no confidence delivered with a devastating majority of 19:1. Supported by Clement-Jones the Dean and COO have carried on regardless.

    It is therefore not entirely surprising that staff in general did not take Clement-Jones' assurances that he wanted the process to be 'fair' too serious. Nevertheless, his handling of the council deciding ballot still managed to surprise even the most hardened cynics.
    Once council members had cast their secret vote Clement-Jones and the COO wordlessly carried the ballot box out of the room to be counted in the absence of independent witnesses. The Clement-Jones returned a little later to report a 12:8 majority vote for merger.
    Given the fact this vote will end almost 200 years of independence for the institution one would have hoped that it could have been conducted to a reasonable standard. As a lawyer and Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords Clement-Jones would have been well aware that this is not a level of transparency that would in general be seen to be acceptable. If not his integrity at least his judgment have been called into question.

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