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

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  • The comments on this article are hilarious - half of them making personal attacks on the man, the other half (all suspiciously written in the same tone) painting him as some sort of Da Vinci-esque polymath genius.
    Whatever the truth, it seems there are fun times ahead for Bird & Bird.

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  • I 've worked with Abell for some years and he is a decent, hard working and easy going chap. Bird & Bird will be pleased that they are recuiting him. They should ignore the mean minded and gratuitously personal comments. Presumably they are all part of FFW's campaign against him.

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  • I am not a regular blogger, but after reading the above I feel compelled to add this comment. As a client of FFW who has worked with a number of their partners, including Mark Abell, over the years , I have to say that the way that FFW is behaving in this matter is appalling. No one is perfect and I am sure that includes Abell. However, my experience of him is that he is not only a strong technical lawyer who is keenly focused on his client's best interests but he is also an easy going man who inspires loyalty and respect from his clients, team and close colleagues. Why are FFW orchestrating this cruel, cheap blogging campaign against one of their biggest hitters? From what some of the insiders at FFW tell me it is fear and jealousy. Fear that his departure will damage their practice and jealousy that he has the initiative and courage to leave the firm, despite its draconian member's agreement. After 28 years service, he has decided to move on. Why can't FFW just get over it! The small minded nastiness of the comments made against Abell say more about those orchestrating and making them than the man himself. Shame on you.

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  • Well said Alison! Spot on! FFW's loss is Bird & Bird's undoubted gain.

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