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Halliwells to appoint administrator; BLG and Hill Dicks vie for assets

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  • City Gent | 25-Jun-2010 5:58 pm
    Of all the commercial firms I have ever dealt with Halliwells were consistently the most unpleasant, pointlessly aggressive and generally objectionable.
    Manchester is better off without them.
    You obviously never litigated (espec on disease work) against their Sheffield office, to whom the same description could certainly be applied. In fact, a friend of mine who was a litigation partner in their Manchester office once told me that even they couldn't stand their Sheffield litigation colleagues. Good luck, Kennedys, when they join you!

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  • Anonymous | 29-Jun-2010 3:34 pm - I have to say that is probably the most rational and fair comment on here.

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  • Having worked at Halliwells for many years I was treated disgracefully by them as my time with them reached its end. The Partners are outragiously arrogant and they pack together like wild animals against anyone who raises an issue. I am not aware of any EP in the firm worthy of respect. I would hope that the EPs would suffer financially from this. Sadly however, it will likely be the poor staff who will pay the cost as the EPs will have covered their greedy backs without a care for anybody else. I am so glad I escaped that nasty little firm. I I wish support staff the best and EPs the worst.

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  • All the partners were class acts :)

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  • Ha ha ha ha ha....still cannot pick myself up off the floor since first seeing this story....good riddance!

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  • The name Halliwells will die, but the characters who killed it will relocate, like a virus and carry on with the same behaviour in their new 'hosts', causing ructions, upsetting people, driving for cash over discretion. After all, if they join as equity partners they will have votes, have capital in your firm, and one day gain management roles and start to tell you what to do, just like they did in Halliwells - and we can see where that got everyone.
    Are not the firms thinking of hiring these partners asking for serious trouble by taking these people on board, even if they do have a book of business? It is perhaps the associates they should be bringining on if they can (although given market conditions God help the juniors.)

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  • I have been on the legal scene in manchester for over 40years and have seen a dramatic fall in what I call good practice within the profession. Seems Halliwells are none too popular with their own staff - always a recipe for disaster

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