DWF-Cobbetts: fit for purpose?

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  • "problems, which include multiple redundancy rounds, declining profit and rising debt, .... overenthusiastic expansion ....and an inability to reinvent itself in a drastically changed legal market."

    There are many regional firms which have the same problems. We've seen such issues claim Halliwells.

    It'll be interesting if Cobbetts gamble of a 'merger' with DWF pays off. I wonder if their staff are in a better position in two years time than similar Northern practices like Watson Burton or Dickinson Dees.

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  • Trust me on one thing. All the good partners at Cobbetts are sorting out new firms right now as we speak. They were hugely loyal to Michael Shaw but given that he has ruled him out of the new firm so are they! There will be a stampede for the exits before becoming consumed by the all conquering DWF.This story will run and run.

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  • Never mind the partners, unless the Cobbetts staff are told what is going on very soon, there will undoubtedly be a "Costa Concordia" situation....

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  • I've worked at Cobbetts for about 8 years. I regard it as a good place to work and generally feel pretty well disposed towards the firm.

    I'd say that amongst staff the obvious concern is that some of us will lose our jobs. We're also worried though that our culture and values, which I honestly think does make us a bit different to most firms of a reasonable size, will simply be cast aside as part of this process.

    We're trying to keep an open mind about this merger. This is extremely difficult though when all we know about what may or may not be going on is what we read on here and Roll on Friday.

    We deserve better, so do the DWF staff, and the management of both firms knows it.

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  • Descent into hell is easy.

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