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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  • FFW is nothing without Mark Abell. I will be following him to Bird & Bird.

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  • The guy has a PhD in his field. No-one else does. Ergo, he is the most highly qualified lawyer in it. Fact. Seems like the FFW management has its Dad's army of anonymous bloggers out in force. As they try to airbrush Abell's hugely positive role out of the firm's history it rather sounds like a re-run of the "What did the Romans do for us?" scene from the Life of Brian.

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  • Mark Abell successfully brought down the owners of 2 big names in the printing franchise world who were operating under the smug assumption that they had each franchisee by the short & curlies. Mark Abell proved that they didn't and in doing so saved a lot of businesses from going under by paying extortionate franchise fees for no service. I for one, wish him well,

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  • What kind of firm is this? After nearly 30 years of giving his all to the firm isn't he entitled to a more gracious exit? Are they really so desperate to keep his turnover? What about the clients' best interests? The way they are acting says a lot about FFW's values and culture and probably quite bit about their finances. He's well out of there!

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  • It seems very shoddy of FFW to kick out Abell in this way after 28 years with the firm particularly as he claims he told them what he planned to do. His clients will be with FFW because of Abell and if FFW think they can keep them by cutting off Abell from the client DATA base then they are unlikely to succeed.

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  • Mark Abell has performed legal miracles for many clients, and they are eternally grateful to him. I am one of them. He is an outsider, genius often is.

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  • Wow, it's great that Mark Abell took the time to post the last six comments on this article.

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  • I have worked with Mark Abell as both a fellow professional and a client over the last 15 years. I like him and have always found him to be both a pleasant individual and an excellent client focused awyer. I do hope that he and FFW can sort out their differences in a more appropriate manner. Suspending him seems to have been a rather rash act on behalf of FFW and is definitely not in the best interests of the clients.

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  • I used to work with Mark and he is a very kind and selfless individual, who always put the interests of clients before his own. He is a man of great integrity who would always tell clients the unvarnished truth, even if they did not want to hear it. If he has a fault, it is that he can be too self-effacing for his own good at times

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  • Very difficult to take this character seriously when he looks like the camp EasyJet air steward from the programme about Luton Airport, Geoffrey or something like that. And when did you last see them photgraphed together? Hmmmm.

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