Former Clydes COO Jabbari joins Pannone to build consumer brand Connect2Law

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  • Have Pannone done their homework here? I would have thought there was sufficient knowledge across the sector to have recognised that this may not work. The concept is flawed by the overarching trend for legal practice consolidation not collective representation by an umbrella brand. Of course Jabbari is an expert in knowledge management and mergers though so perhaps there is a deeper strategy.

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  • Clydes' loss is Pannone's gain. Jabbari is a leading light on legal strategy as evidenced by the path he lead BLG down and the resultant benefits for its partners so this could be the dawn of another Jabbari success story.

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  • I am surprised that Ganache thinks that there will be a traditional consolidation of the smaller firms. After RSM Tenon, why would anyone do that or need to do that? There is a lot more sophisticated thinking available here which avoids the need to buy up firms, all of it based on variations of a franchise model.

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  • What are the odss on jabba the Cut stripping down C2L to the profitable and sound areas, consolidating weaker competitors and then selling the lot on to a cpital venure?
    Nothing wrong in that what so ever and the boy has good form in getting the wins, but whether there's a long term future for C2L is another matter.

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  • will he cut it?

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  • It looks like the prophecies of the High Street legal market boiling down to four or five brands are beginning to take shape. Who said the LSA would not change the face of law??? The medium-sized firms will be next!

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  • Am I the only one to think Mr J looks like Harry Enfield in the picture above?

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  • "whether there's a long term future for C2L is another matter." I agree. There has been no long term future for BLG.

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  • As a fellow librarian I can see that the DJ can really mix it up for C2L / Pannones. Loadsamoney in this venture.

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  • Don't blame the DJ for BLG's demise. That's like blaming Mr Iscariot for the advent of christianity.

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  • He could become the Avram Grant of the legal sector

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  • More like Rafa - not as good as he thinks he is. The best judges are the former BLG partners.

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  • "Clydes' loss is Pannone's gain. Jabbari is a leading light on legal strategy as evidenced by the path he lead BLG down and the resultant benefits for its partners so this could be the dawn of another Jabbari success story" - is this a serious comment?

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  • More like Mark Hughes . . .

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  • It's amazing how much venom there is to Jabba, all of it of course from the cadre of under performers at BLG that he rightly booted out in its journey from the land that time forgot Indeed the merger showed that Clydes did not think he had booted enough of them out and asked for a whole lot more to go. I suppose that those who can do, those who can't blog!

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  • Can't see any venom in these comments - just banter around the real issue that BLG partners didn't want to or need to have the merger were it not for the leadership in the 12 months leading up to it including the Halliwell's decision. As for Jabba - good luck to him and let's see whether this venture proves to be a success.

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  • It is in a sense irrelevant what partners think about the wisdom of a merger. Partners rarely see beyond their own nose and are more interested in whether the sandwiches in the meeting rooms are satisfactory. Can you imagine a corporate board having to go to each individual shareholder of whatever size and get their approval for a merger. As an external commentator I see the proof of the pudding in the eating: the merged firm is a powerhouse that has left the competition trailing. Macfarlane seems to prefer a future that would have seen BLG dwindle to the point of complete irrelevance.

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  • As if the previous comment foresaw this article
    http://www.thelawyer.com/divine-intervention/3001014.article. It must be a sign. Can anyone comment on how near Pannones are to going down the Cobbetts path. At least no-one can blame the DJ this time.

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