News UK Law firms Kennedys raids Halliwells for Sheffield insurance launch By Margaret Taylor 18 December 2009 12:22 17 December 2015 09:39 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 Rural bliss 18 December 2009 at 16:35 Oh dear, even fewer fee-earners to help pay that whacking Spinningfields rent! Reply Link Anonymous 18 December 2009 at 17:08 This must be a big blow to Haliwells. Management must get a grip of things quickly otherwise this could spiral out of control. Reply Link Anonymous 19 December 2009 at 00:45 Not the best news – but the demise of the Sheffield office is being grossly overplayed – Halliwells is still doing very well in Yorks – I don’t see many firms making over £80M in the North? A lot of this bad press is simply firms laying into a strong Northern firm? Reply Link Anonymous 19 December 2009 at 17:00 why merge when you can get their good equity partners for about 20% more than you pay your own salaried partners? No point taking on the eye watering debts and other liabilities! Judging by the number of cv`s doing the rounds there are plenty more people heading for the exit. Reply Link Over the Wall Club member 19 December 2009 at 17:14 Would the last Halliwells fee-earner please turn out the lights!! Reply Link Anonymous 21 December 2009 at 10:54 good luck kennedys ! Reply Link John The Builder 21 December 2009 at 13:40 Anonymous @ 19-12-09 0:45am “Strong Northern firm”? Given the time of your post I will let you off if you’d had a couple of jars, but that is one of the most seriously delusional descriptions of a law firm that I have ever heard. I feel very sorry for the Halliwells staff, most of whom were innocent bystanders in this whole mess, but if the party’s over and you’re still dancing then you’re just making a bit of a prat of yourself. Find another party and continue your grooving, or hang around until the landlord sends you packing. Reply Link Bamber Gascoine 24 December 2009 at 09:39 When Kennedys find a new office in Sheffield will their equity partners a. negotiate with the landlord in order to secure the largest reverse premium possible and pay the money to the equity partners. Then borrow millions from the bank to pay for the fit out and begin a chain reaction leading to a mass exodus b. Secure a lease with a lengthy rent free period with the Landlord contributing to the costs of the fit out. Borrow as little as possible from the bank so as to avoid saddling the firm with milions of £`s of debt, 4 day weeks, pension holidays and a mass exodus? c. avoid the disruption caused by an office move and simply change the sign above the door from Halliwells to Kennedys Only those born to manage will answer correctly. Reply Link Anonymous 4 January 2010 at 17:20 Although Halliwells are not alone in experiencing difficult times, they do seem to be alone in that very, very few people seem to be shedding any tears for them. Whilst there may be some sympathy for some firms and even some genuine regret that one or two are suffering harder times than others, most here in the North seem to be slapping their thighs in glee at the demise of Halliwells. Schadenfreude is very much the order of the day when it comes to them. There seems to be a feeling that the firm has always been aggressive and arrogant and that they are now getting what was due to come back to them. Reply Link ex employee 14 August 2010 at 04:49 what went around has come around … i’m laughing my ass off!!!!!!!!!!! Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.