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Eversheds to axe 33 lawyers; Norwich to close

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  • Office Merger

    I cannot help noticing the similarity between the "merger" of these two offices and the merger of Wernham Hogg's offices, the Slough office of which merged with "the Swindon lot". Are the management teams of Eversheds and Wernham Hogg by any chance related?

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  • Last post

    That's an intriguing possibility. David Gray or David Brent?

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  • Ah ha.

    Do you remember that episode where Alan Partridge is pitching show ideas to Alan Yentob? "This could really put Norwich back on the map..."

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  • Cambridge/Norwich

    Norwich and Cambridge are much too near for it really to make sense for them to have an office in both. I'm only surprised this didn't happen earlier.

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  • Norwich

    Sad day for those in Norwich. I only hope local commercial firms have the good sense and long-sightedness to pick up good lawyers who may now be on the market.

    One wonders if this will be the first in a trend - do big global players need offices in Leeds and Sheffield/Manchester and Liverpool? How long do other outposts of the Eversheds' empire have? Will the new Northern offices of Midlands' firms survive? And the piece on Halliwells says a lot about London offcies of Northern firms. In a declining domestic market, this may be the first of a few such moves.

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  • Norwich closure

    "...it is understandable in terms of needs of clients why combining the offices is needed.”

    One can almost hear the grinding of the teeth as he said this.

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  • Norwich

    I think David Gray should concentrate on his recording career.

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  • Norwich

    For David Gray to concentrate on his recording career he would have to first make himself redundant. C'mon, Davey, give it a go.

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  • evershed's norwich office

    it was always expected and has been on the cards for sometime. The office did not have any clients in Norwich anymore and all the work was comming from London so there is no reason why it should be based there rather then the vibrant market of Cambridge..

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  • Eversheds

    I guess you have to ask the question what the future has in store for the other "unloved" Eversheds regional offices.

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  • Norwich closing due to the recession? Rubbish

    I can't believe that David Gray and Lee Ranson think we're that stupid. The fact is that Eversheds Norwich has been slowly dwindling for at least five years - I worked in the Prop Lit team for over 20 years and could see the writing on the wall back in 2003 when any secretarial staff over 40 were made to feel incredibly uncomfortable.

    I decided to desert the sinking ship late that year and work from home. Most of the teams from Norwich have left and gone to Birketts, Mills & Reeve or Hansells and they'd begun the exodus prior to me leaving 5 years ago!

    Add to that the fact that the major offices were all top notch and had state of the art decor and Norwich staff were left in dirty, undecorated offices with old and dirty carpets that were lifting and were taped down, imaking do with ancient furniture and sub-standard equipment and it's pretty clear that we were considered the country bumpkins. Investors in People? NOT!!!!!!!!!

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