Herbert Smith exits continue as former Tokyo head quits for Bingham

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  • Why am I thinking about Dewey & LeBoeuf as I read this?

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  • The merger can't come soon enough.

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  • "I am no doubt being unfair | 29-Jun-2012 11:32 am

    Why am I thinking about Dewey & LeBoeuf as I read this?!"

    Probably due to the same lack of mental capacity that results in you thinking about a cymbal-banging toy monkey when attempting to advise a client.

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  • This ship be sinking!

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  • 11:32 am - because you are being a paranoid sensationalist caught up in the general vitriol which nowadays sweeps these boards and frankly isn't befitting of someone working the legal profession.

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  • watch Australia, the exits start next week as unhappy Freehills partners hit the road

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  • I agree with Anonymous at 11.32 am. Most of us want to see an intelligent debate in these pages. The last few days on this and the Freehills merger have seen little more than schoolboy standard vitriol.

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  • Anonymous | 29-Jun-2012 2:44 pm - hear, hear!

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  • Steve Lewis, who opened the Tokyo office of HS in 2000, made that office successful and profitable in a short space of time. Plenty of HS partners owe their promotions to him in Tokyo, as he is one of the few partners who put their necks on the block in promoting. He will be a loss to HS and the direction of that firm is reflected in the Tokyo office never being the same after he left Tokyo.

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  • Declining profits, a failed alliance in Europe, an increasing number of high level partner departures, booted out of the Magic Circle by Legal Business last month, a huge number of underperforming partners and an increasing debt load. Indeed. Why on earth would anyone think of Dewey LeBouf?

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  • Totally agree with anonymous @ 10:55 pm. Steve Lewis was the driving force behind the success of Herbies' Tokyo office. His departure is a huge loss for the firm. The number of high-quality partners who have left Herbies in the last few years is staggering.

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  • Their Asia practice is turning into a litigation boutique. All of the good corporate partners are leaving. How many is this now? I count at least six high level corporate partners in Asia leaving for more profitable firms in the last year alone.

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  • Good to know that Steve will be getting back to Tokyo. Place hasn't been the same since he left.

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