Field Fisher lawyers freed from Mumbai terror ordeal

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  • Be careful

    I think all those sitting in judgment of this guy should just consider how they would react in a similar situation. The truth is nobody really knows how they are going to react and it is very easy to judge from the comfort of an arm chair.

    A Singaporean solicitor working with Stephenson Harwood lost her life. She was only 28. Perhaps the energy being spent condemning Mr Abell would be better used reflecting on the loss of that young lady and the many others - lawyers or not.

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  • WHAT?!

    Where has all this stuff about Radio 4 come from? The story above doesn't mention Radio 4!

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  • Mark Abell

    Yes Mark was brave but it is completely inappropriate to milk publicity for his firm and himself out of this tragedy. 180 people have lost their lives, and 180 families are grieving, for goodness sake.



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  • Cringe

    This morning, as I heard the interview on Radio 4, I had to bury myself under a pillow, I was cringing so much about the shameless self promotion of his firm.

    I am a lawyer, and I am pretty sure that legal training teaches you nothing about surviving terrorist attacks (unless they have specific courses at FFW). No doubt his was a terrible experience, but his exploitation is shameful.

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  • But who is the one exception?

    There is another interesting story lurking here. He was very careful to say: "Everybody - except perhaps for one person - was there supporting me". Who is this one person? What did he/she do to show he/she did not support him? What would have induced such nastiness?

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  • Mark Abell

    As a former PA of FFW and someone who has worked under Mark Abell (and put up with his arrogance) I would just like to say that, whilst, I wish no harm on him (after all he is a family man), the thought of him cowering behind closed doors brought a smile to my face

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  • Mark Abell

    Whilst I understand that Mark Abell has been through a horrific experience his self-promotion through the media disgusts me.

    When he was led out of the Oberoi with the other guests most of them walked away simply relieved to be safe and free. But not Mark - he insisted in coming over to the media and promoting himself. When he was asked to move along by the security guard for his own safety, he was insistent that he wanted to ensure the media knew he was a 'lawyer from FFW'.

    Not once did he speak about the staff that laid their lives on the line to save people like him or those that died in this horrific event. No mention of the staff that stayed behind to ensure the protection of the guests when they could have been saved. No mention of those that died or lost their family.

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  • Wrong!

    Mark Abell DID mention the staff, and he DID mention those that died and lost their family. DId you actually listen to him, or are you just jumping on the bandwagon?

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  • Mark Abell

    Mark Abell has been through an horrific ordeal and I am glad that he was rescued safely by the Indian Commandos. It was interesting to hear him on the Today Prog and I thought he was most probably putting his own life in danger by doing so and advertising the fact that he is there. The terrorists apparently had blackberrys and were monitoring the western news and media.

    I also watched Mark's interview on the BBC breakfast programme this morning in which he appeared with his wife. He did praise the Commando's who helped save him and the hotel staff. However I don't remember him mentioning any of those that died or or sending his condolences to those that had lost loved ones.

    I hope that the evil terrorists who plotted this atrocity are found and they are taken out!

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  • Disgraceful

    People lying dead and injured, and this guy name-dropping FFW at every possible opportunity. I heard him on Radio 4 and watched his performance on BBC Breakfast - I cringed all of the way through. FFW? FFS!

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  • Mark Abell

    I really hope Mark Abell reads these comments. It is just pathetic that the most important thing on his mind when people are being tortured and killed around him is letting people know that he works for FFW. There's more to life mate!

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  • Pig Ignorant

    There's only one way to describe Mark Abell's critics.

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  • FFW

    Callous self promotion of the worst kind. If there was ever a case of someone losing perspective of his own importance and what he does, this has to take the biscuit. If he really did care about the business of the board meeting, he would not have distracted the attendees by being there. I can just imagine his faux-modesty as colleagues come on his wellbeing. What a terrible way to try and manipulate people.

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  • Pondlife

    If there was ever a case of people losing perspective, it's these comments. So he name-dropped his firm - big deal. Stop getting all Daily Mail about it.

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  • Cynical

    I wouldn't be surprised if Mark Abell was the criminal mastermind behind the terrorist attacks, while all the time planning how he was going to use the carnage to maximise publicity for Field Fisher.

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  • Still attended meetings though...

    Is noone else surprised that he still dialled in to board meetings while barricaded in his room? 'Some' of the partners would understand if he hadn't - well that's all very easy to say when you're sitting in a boardroom in London, which doesn't have armed terrorists patrolling up and down outside! Perhaps they asked him to mute his phone so the gunshots didn't interrupt the meeting?

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  • I agree

    I'm not surprised Sebastian - I'm sceptical about the claim he was 'barricaded in his room'. More likely he was orchestrating events from the terrorism command centre, while getting in a few more FFW name-drops on BBC News 24.

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  • Hear hear...

    ...to Anonymous's Be Careful comment posted on at 09:26am on 1 December 2008. How one surviving individual conducts himself after such an ordeal and whether or not that is appropriate is largely irrelevant in comparison to the 180 individuals who didn't make it.

    Rightly or wrongly, Mr Abell is (in)famous, but his name is not and should not be the only one that people remember from last week's events.

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  • Field Fisher lawyers freed from Mumbai terror

    What a lot of pompous, overbearing, self-righteous , cynical bigots you all are. Did none of you actually listen to what this man Abell said?

    After enduring what must have been unthinkable fear and uncertainty for some 40 hours ,the first thing he did when he was interviewed by the press was to thank his rescuers, praise all of the heroes involved in this tragedy and say gracious things about the Indian people . Is that the first thing that you would have done after such an ordeal?

    This man showed amazing coolness, modesty and courage. He took incredible risks to let us all understand exactly what was going on in that hell hole. Others who did the same were hunted down and mrdered for their troubles. Would any of you have the guts to do what he did? I doubt it!

    So what if he mentioned the name of the firm he works for when he was interviewed. Is that a crime? Does it detract from his bravery ? You can all sit there and snipe away at him but you do not even have the courage to put your name to your barbed and poisonous comments. Sounds to me as though some of you have got a grudge against Mr Abell for some reason and you are cynical enough to use this tragedy to try and get one over on him. Shame on you. Mr Abell did us all a favour reporting on the events in Mumbai as they unfolded. I think that we should all be proud that one of our fellow professionals has the guts to get up and do something when the chips are down. You should also be ashamed of yourselves. Why don't you all get a life?

    Rather than all this bitching why don't you start trying to understand the enormity of what happened in Mumbai and think what you can do to help those bereaved and orphaned by it ?

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  • Mumbai attack

    I am not a lawyer. But I am someone who had to suffer the anxiety of having a near and dear one trapped in the Oberoi hotel last week. I have been shown this article and the attached blog by my housemate who is a lawyer. I cannot believe you guys. Your comments say an awful lot more about yourselves than they do about Mark Abell. I personally found his understated stoic courage a source of great comfort and inspiration at a time when I was very worried for the safety of my near and dear one who was stuck in the Oberoi and was unable to contact me or the rest of our family. To my mind and to that of the whole of my family - and I suspect the vast majority of people - Mr Abell demonstarted great courage and does not deserve to be subjected to your cruel and unjustified comments . So what if he said where he worked? Do you think that it registered with anyone other than a few sad individuals in the legal profession?

    If you devoted half as much time to doing something useful to help the victims of the Mumbai massacre as you do to this bitching the world might be a better place!

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