Ex-Hengeler partner quits Milbank after just ten days

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  • Si tacuisses, philosphus mansisses. Perhaps that goes for this forum as well?

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  • @parsley: er, exchange of views? free discussion? ever heard of this? if bothered, do not log in. Thanks.

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  • @Anonymous: er, kangaroo court? Trying someone by insinuation? The responsibility involved in free speech? Ever heard of this? No-one, other than the lawyer in question, or Hengeler partners really know what happened. If what he did was so awful, he deserves it. If not, it's an appalling reaction from his firm.
    But you don't. You have no idea. Until you do, do not log in. Thanks.

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  • I have never seen a law firm publicly announcing that the reason for the departure of one of their partners was gross misconduct. It is just mysterious how they could believe it would be helpful for anyone (incl themselves) to place this statement. Do they have a PR department in the first place?
    @parsley: agreed re responsibility involved with free speach but, hey, this is an online forum allowing for comments. Who are you telling people which qualification they need to bring to make a post on here? It is a bit paradox to repeatedly join this forum just to tell people to shut up (even when citing sophisticated latin).

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  • This is a PR nightmare for both sides.

    Why the hell couldn't Grobecker, Hengeler Mueller and the PR team sit down in a room and come up with an agreed party line that wouldn't damage either side.

    There's any number of bland "seeking a new challenge" lines that would have done the job.

    Unless there's more to this that we don't know, this is a spiteful move by HM and an error of judgment by Grobecker haveing a pop at their international model (but not one that deserved the HM response)

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  • He'll walk into another job, so I doubt he's that bothered. Hengeler come out of this looking chippy, like they threw a teenage strop when someone dared to leave them and ruin their wonderful record of retention. If Milbank have pressured him to leave then they look like bad guys too. If whatever he allegedly did was a sufficiently trivial item of misconduct for Hengeler to be happy for him to depart quietly, then (i) Hengeler should have stuck by that principle come what may and (ii) Milbank should have just sucked it up.

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  • @3.19
    I have serious doubts that "he'll walk into another job". Which firm would be inclined to offer him a new job given (i) the publicity connected with the matter, (ii) the fact that Grobecker has obviously caused problems at Hengeler (hence, some likelihood that he will cause problems at his new firm as well) and (iii) the fact that he is most certainly a bright lawyer, but not a rainmaker (so, why bother with him after all what happened?).

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  • He's a good, experienced lawyer looking for a home. They're not ten a penny.

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  • He'll find a job...but not at an Anglo-Saxon firm. They are probably paranoid about anybody who might cause problems at the workplace. But there are bound to be smaller German firms who would jump at the chance to get a Hengeler-trained lawyer. Rainmaker or not.

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  • @Ralph. This is not about free speech. For the simple reason that I am not the state and have no power to shut people up or make them say something. It's about a peer wondering whether it is more ethical, more moral sometimes not to say something. Of course that is a point which has to be argued and thus, yes, I have to join a forum to put forward that point of view.
    What Boethius (whoever that might be, because yes, I had to look it up the Latin as well) seems to be on to is that Jeremy Kyle does not equal virtue. It's not always wise to talk.

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