Focus: Barlow Lyde & Gilbert - Jekyll and Lyde

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  • The idea that Blg was ever cuddly is laughable. The turnover of partners has always been high. The decline followed the indulging of some selfish and in some cases downright appalling partner behaviour.

    What goes around, comes around.

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  • Often a sign of how modern a firm has become is how many female partners it has.

    BLG has, er, 6 out of 80.

    So, no changes there then

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  • An appalling firm to be in which to be a partner, as the high attrition rate indicates.

    They have a 'beautiful future' ahead of them!

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  • Two things about BLG focusing on its insurance roots.

    First, BLG faces a serious issue from the number of ex partners and associates who were treated appallingly and now work in the insurance industry. Revenge for some is a dish best eaten cold. Incredibly, some of BLG's new wave of partners think that these individuals can be treated as potential sources of business.

    Second, BLG a competitor of Clydes - are you kidding?. Clydes left them standing years ago and invested wisely in "non-core" practice areas, which BLG repeatedly got wrong. And the other predominantly non-marine practices (Kennedys, RPC, etc) are light years ahead of BLG in providing standardised services.

    Arrogance and self-delusion has been this firm's problem in the past and nothing seems to have changed.

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  • You couldn't make it up.

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  • How could your article omit to mention the appalling debacle of the Akai/Ernst & Young litigation which the firm handled in Hong Kong?
    Described as Asia's 'Enron', it is said by some to have sounded the death knell for the firm's big four accountants' PI practice.
    It will take more than a generous dose of spin for the firm to reinvent itself. What goes around does indeed come around!

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