Focus: Manches – Salvage operation By The Lawyer 28 November 2011 00:00 17 December 2015 14:06 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Insider at Manches 28 November 2011 at 17:13 the article is a PR exercise for the CEO and does not reflect the day to day reality of what is happening within Manches. load of tosh! Reply Link Insider 2 29 November 2011 at 09:18 “Remain calm” “methodical” – dear God if only. No-one is fooled. Reply Link Anonymous 29 November 2011 at 11:49 Temper tantrums that would disgrace even a kindergarten resulting in massive demoralisation. Agree with first poster, total tosh indeed. Reply Link Anonymous 29 November 2011 at 13:25 It’s a good firm with great people and some fantastic and loyal clients. It’s regrouping. Sure some of this is management tosh and the internal comms are pretty hit and miss – but it means well. Keep on trucking Manches! Reply Link Anonymous 29 November 2011 at 13:32 and despite the new broom, lots of trash is left behind. Reply Link Anonymous 29 November 2011 at 13:56 Really? It looks okay from outside. Reply Link Anonymous 29 November 2011 at 14:56 Didn’t they try to off their Oxford office to Mills & Reeve, only for M&R to walk away once they’d kicked the tyres. Seems to me like they might do well to chase a full blown “merger” with M&R. Reply Link Anonymous 29 November 2011 at 16:25 the firm stumbles from one crisis to the next. the good people are the only thing keeping it going. The new CEO needs to wake up and stop using management speak. Reply Link fb 29 November 2011 at 16:44 It’s a little bit of a stretch to describe Manches as having property ‘in the mix’, given that the firm now only has 3 property partners (it lists 9 on its website, 3 of whom are litigators, 1 property finance, 1 corporate and 1 environmental). From having been a stalwart of property ten years ago, its offering is looking decidedly thin these days. I wonder how much of its15% is actually prop.lit, prop.finance and environment…that “focus” on real estate will require a microscope… Reply Link Anonymous 29 November 2011 at 17:22 Energy, drive, determination and youth – they count for nothing. Manches is not a dot.com. What it needs is a CEO of the highest calibre with a proven track record, a mature, competent and experienced individual. The current incumbent is fostering a blame culture to deflect from her own inadequacies. Poor Manches. Reply Link Anonymous 30 November 2011 at 10:24 The current CEO tells journalists one thing yet practises another. Staff are scared of her and she does not communicate with anyone outside of the partners. This ex-employee knows first hand that she is a poor manager and communicator. Reply Link Anonymous 30 November 2011 at 13:37 “According to sources close to the firm, any attempt to devise some semblance of a strategy was thwarted by senior management, prompting the exits of many department heads.” pretty harsh. Reply Link Anonymous 30 November 2011 at 17:58 “according to a source inside of Manches, the Executive Board issued an internal note to respond to the article and the CEO’s comments” Reply Link Anonymous 2 December 2011 at 14:57 I imagine the former heads at Manches are enraged. Reply Link Anonymous 2 December 2011 at 17:14 The reality is that Petho has done very little in her time at Manches. She talks of her responsibility for implementing the “strategy” but has failed to communicate internally what this is and even if she did, the firm’s managing structure is shambolic and does not give her the power to make any significant changes. Manches has seen some exceptional partners and lawyers depart in the past couple of years (many of whom aren’t listed in the article). Until Petho realised that the firm’s success lies in attracting, and then keeping, the best people it can get and that she needs to work with them and not seek to run a dictatorship, it will, sadly, continue to wain. Reply Link Anonymous 5 December 2011 at 09:24 after the BLG debacle,another great advert for non lawyers trying to run law firms. Reply Link Anonymous 6 December 2011 at 15:02 I think you’ll find she is a lawyer…! Reply Link Anonymous 8 December 2011 at 20:07 The fact that she is a lawyer makes the sorry situation all the more lamentable. Reply Link Anonymous 30 May 2012 at 20:46 And she’s getting worse. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.