FFW IP head Mark Abell claims "ambush" ahead of Bird & Bird move

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  • FFW is nothing without Mark Abell. I will be following him to Bird & Bird.

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  • The guy has a PhD in his field. No-one else does. Ergo, he is the most highly qualified lawyer in it. Fact. Seems like the FFW management has its Dad's army of anonymous bloggers out in force. As they try to airbrush Abell's hugely positive role out of the firm's history it rather sounds like a re-run of the "What did the Romans do for us?" scene from the Life of Brian.

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  • Mark Abell successfully brought down the owners of 2 big names in the printing franchise world who were operating under the smug assumption that they had each franchisee by the short & curlies. Mark Abell proved that they didn't and in doing so saved a lot of businesses from going under by paying extortionate franchise fees for no service. I for one, wish him well,

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  • What kind of firm is this? After nearly 30 years of giving his all to the firm isn't he entitled to a more gracious exit? Are they really so desperate to keep his turnover? What about the clients' best interests? The way they are acting says a lot about FFW's values and culture and probably quite bit about their finances. He's well out of there!

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  • It seems very shoddy of FFW to kick out Abell in this way after 28 years with the firm particularly as he claims he told them what he planned to do. His clients will be with FFW because of Abell and if FFW think they can keep them by cutting off Abell from the client DATA base then they are unlikely to succeed.

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  • Mark Abell has performed legal miracles for many clients, and they are eternally grateful to him. I am one of them. He is an outsider, genius often is.

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  • Wow, it's great that Mark Abell took the time to post the last six comments on this article.

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  • I have worked with Mark Abell as both a fellow professional and a client over the last 15 years. I like him and have always found him to be both a pleasant individual and an excellent client focused awyer. I do hope that he and FFW can sort out their differences in a more appropriate manner. Suspending him seems to have been a rather rash act on behalf of FFW and is definitely not in the best interests of the clients.

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  • I used to work with Mark and he is a very kind and selfless individual, who always put the interests of clients before his own. He is a man of great integrity who would always tell clients the unvarnished truth, even if they did not want to hear it. If he has a fault, it is that he can be too self-effacing for his own good at times

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  • Very difficult to take this character seriously when he looks like the camp EasyJet air steward from the programme about Luton Airport, Geoffrey or something like that. And when did you last see them photgraphed together? Hmmmm.

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