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Halliwells’ ex-managing partner: ‘I gave my life to that practice’

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  • 200 comments - a cause for celebration? Perhaps those people filling in forms should just supply the URL to this story!

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  • Austin must be concerned about the FSM's considering legal action. He was the one who told them that the firm was in a great financial position.

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  • This story is now over 2 months old. Lets move on...

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  • "This story is now over 2 months old. Lets move on..."
    Is that you, Ian? Or perhaps it's the University of Salford trying to discreetly ignore their own folly?

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  • Just looked up Mr Austin's puffpiece on the University's website.
    "Ian’s achievements and efforts didn’t go unnoticed and perhaps one of his career highlights to date was being awarded Management Partner of the Year at the 2006 Legal Business Awards." - shows the value of those awards perhaps?
    "In December 2007 he welcomed the entire Manchester workforce to the impressive new Spinningfields district when Halliwells relocated to 3 Hardman Square. With Ian’s guidance Halliwells has adopted a modern corporate structure and maps out innovative career paths for its staff." - I suppose the structure is as modern as that of Lehman Bros.
    "Strong leadership, business focus, open communications and sound financial management are his trademarks..." - roffles

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  • Believe it or not, Austin and Salford University managers are perfect bedfellows.

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  • It is funny seeing all you regional types getting so hot under the collar and excited by each other's irrelevant gossip.

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  • According to Property Week the cost of the Spinningfields fit-out rose from the original estimate of £6M to £18M. Whilst an additional 70,000 square feet was added to the original 110,000 square feet this does see rather...careless.

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  • @A Nonny Mouse

    The biggest LLP collapse in recent memory (ever?) and the circumstances leading to this hardly qualifies as 'irrelevant gossip'.

    Especially not when so many have been left jobless, creditors out of pocket and the tax man empty handed.

    It also can't be overstated the seriousness that this man (Austin) is still running riot with the finances of a Public Charity (The University of Salford).

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  • Anon 6 Oct 1:09 - I totally agree.

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  • you would think he would resign - the Scep Tick comment made me laugh. How these things come back to haunt you! What words would be used to describe Ian now?

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  • I can think of a few words to describe him...

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  • I suspect he and the other greedy people who wrecked that firm will now have a few regrets. What a come down for all of them. Very unedifying to see them now scratching around litigating against each other. Anybody who knows these characters will not be surprised by what is going on but some of them had been in partnership together for years and you would thave thought that they would have had some respect for each other.

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  • Reading the Legal Business article and yet another revelation kept from the partners as a whole. What on earth was the firm's former FD, Stephen Roe, being paid £500k for from the Spinningfields trousering? Which fiduciaries approved this? On what basis?

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  • Will Ian be givng The Lawyer another interview, since this one seems to have gone down so well?

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  • @Anonymous | 11-Oct-2010 12:49 pm
    Surely the answer is that the FD will have had to sign off on the trousering?

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  • so the fsm's with capital in the business were not even told about the Spinningfields money and they received nothing whilst the FD who had no capital invested received 500k? Nice one Ian, how did he earn his bonus?

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  • Partially correct I think - the FD probably had no capital invested, unless there were some very unusual arrangements there.

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  • The legal business article is extremely interesting. Some real gems in there.

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  • Classic case of a person who has forgotten that you work to live, not live to work.
    Mr Austin quite simply, got it wrong.

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