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Herbert Smith green lights October merger with Australia's Freehills

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  • By far the best litigation shop in the UK, Asia-pac and Australia, as well as the best M&A team in Australia.
    Should go alright...

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  • Well done for showing some guts and getting this done properly. This merger is an essential step for both firms to avoid not just mediocrity but a steady slide into irrelevance and terminal decline.
    Further moves will of course be required though, such a building a proper presence in China and the United States.

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  • mediocrity + mediocrity = mediocrity

    sorry. this merger doesn't change reality

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  • anonymous @ 12.32 obviously doesn't have a clue what their talking about. Since when was a leading firm in a jurisdiction mediocre!

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  • "Herbert Smith Freehills" is a bit boring. Think I would've gone with HerbHills or FreeHerbs.

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  • Fabulous news!!! I work in Support at Herbert Smith and feel incredibly proud that a firm that feels like family has today expanded that family. The mood is positive and we look forward to a lovely relationship with Freehills.

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  • FreeHerbs sounds like a hippy commune. Maybe if they open a Nimbin office...

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  • Well done to both firms for pulling off a full merger, something which few of the other recent Aussie tie-ups have matched. A momentous step for both firms which was necessary to show that they were not oblivious to the changing times or expectations of clients. As another comment has said, they cannot rest there but it is often the case that the first step is the hardest. Anyone talking about mediocrity is ill-informed.

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  • I thought they were going with Freebies. That's the name I keep hearing over and over when the merger comes up.

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  • Best before commeting, wait and see how it goes.

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  • Hmmm... Declining profits, numerous high profile partner departures, over half of the partnership now non-equity, booted out of the "Magic Circle" by LegalBus last month, failed alliance in Europe, etc. Yep. Herbies is definitely mediocre.

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  • Get your maths right!

    Mediocrity + mediocrity = 2Xmediocrity!

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  • Sorry - what superior firm does Anonymous 12.32 work at?? Just wondering...

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  • This is great news! It means our antiquated lockstep is finally dead! Thank you Jonathon and David for finally managing to kill it - even if you did have to take a back door approach.

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  • How do I feel about the merger? Mixed emotions, buddy. Like David Willis going off a cliff in my new Maserati.

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  • Let's be fair. Herbies has a good litigation practice. The rest of the firm may be mediocre but the litigation practice is strong - at least the litigators who haven't yet left the firm.

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  • Why was Herbert Smith's partnership vote done by secret ballot? Was their a concern that partners might suffer retribution if they did not support the merger?

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  • Herbies was booted out of the magic circle by Legal Business last month?!? I am shocked to hear that they were ever in the magic circle. I thought every one considered them to be silver circle at best.

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  • What superior firm does Anonymous 12.32 work at? Who knows. Could be any of a number of better firms - Slaughters, Linklaters, Freshfields, Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy, Dewey Lebeouf...

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  • Bell's comment is ridiculous. Saying the merger will give the firm "the platform to become the leading global law firm across Asia Pacific" is like saying McDonalds is the leading global restaurant across Asia Pacific.

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