FFW IP head Mark Abell claims "ambush" ahead of Bird & Bird move

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  • What goes around comes around.

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  • I know exactly how he feels. Watch out for the motorbike from Herbert Smith

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  • Not in the best interests of his clients though. Law firms need to understand it is a people business and clients don't take kindly to stunts like this.

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  • @Barbara... What on earth are you talking about?? Abell's maniac ramblings above just go to show what a loose canon he was for FFW. Bet they are glad to see the back of him.

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  • For those who understand the market, this is hilarious. Bird & Bird is not the right platform and there is obviously no clear strategy there!

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  • One wonders what Bird & Bird are doing. Did nobody there hear his absolutely appalling performance on the Today programme?

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  • I for one will certainly be following Mark Abell to Bird & Bird. For reasons that he has accurately described above most of us "sophisticated purchasers of legal services" consider him to be the leader in his field, the go to guru and pretty much the final word in law by numbers agreements. However, it is the added-value bits that we go for, the ability to self-promote from under his bed in a beseiged Mumbai hotel, and his unwiltering self-confidence. This is the reason that I shall never return to FFW for IP advice, Abell all the way.

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  • Oh my word. He went to The Lawyer with all those quotes. That will go down well with Birds. Unbelievable ego. Unbelievable hubris. If he's half as good as he and his avatar Massive Fan think he is then in three years all will be sorted but he should wind his neck in, do a bit of gardening (like every other big hitter who's been taking out equity for years has to when they leave any kind of serious firm) and then quietly rebuild his practice once he lands at Birds.

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  • Whoever runs Birds' London commercial practice at the moment should phone a head hunter right now. Run! Run like the wind!

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  • 'Abell said he was leaving because he was the “highest qualified lawyer” in his field.'
    Modest.

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