Maher takes leave of absence from Mayer Brown

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  • Prima donnas are alive and well in the City, recession or no.

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  • Prima donna. Nooooooooooooo! I imagine this is his way of telling he firm he really will be leaving unless he gets a senior role in the firm (having threatened this in the past). Interesting comment re JSM. Many partners (especially in the US) think this was a massive costly near mistake...

    One really interesting point - Bert Krueger was the only member of the management board who voted against the 2002 merger with Rowe & Maw. What does that tell you?

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  • Maher is a huge loss for Mayer Brown. Rowe & Maw had nowhere near the reputation Mayer Brown has in the UK now. That is down to Paul Maher. There may well be a UK presence on the new board but that's not very significant in my view. The person who has driven the firm in Europe is nearly out the door. What does that say about the future of Mayer Brown in Europe?

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  • It's ironic that Maher insisted on being the face and voice of Mayer Brown in Europe (only he and Connolly were allowed to speak to the press) and now his demise is being played out in full gaze of the media. Must be very humiliating for the poor guy.

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  • If you're going to leave a firm on your own initiative, do it quickly and quietly. If you're being asked to go, take revenge and damage it's reputation. So what do we think is happening here?

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  • There does not appear to be anything vengeful or damaging in the internal email to partners which has been leaked to the press and reproduced here. In fact, there is a statement of support and respect for the new chairman.

    When the most prominent face of the firm, and the one most closely associated with the firm's progess to date, looks to leave for whatever reasons, it is bound to create public interest.

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  • As predicted, Maher has opportunities that present him with the chance for a great future away from Mayer Brown. Despite what anyone says, it will be Mayer Brown alone that misses out. I am very surprised though that it has gone this far.
    I work for Mayer Brown and let me publicly state that I and other fellow colleagues are considering our options in light of what has happened. Big mistake Mayer Brown!

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  • The firm knew full well Maher would leave if he wasn't given a (the?) top job at the firm. So it's effectively a force out rather than a voluntary deparure. Maher is well aware that anything he says internally will end up on the interne. Rumours are already flooding the recruitment market that someone (who could it be?) is shopping around either the whole London office or large parts of the corporate practice to other firms.

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  • Mayer Brown's decision had little to do with a disagreement about the strategic direction of the firm and everything to do with Maher's acceptability to the partnership. His dictatorial style of leadership clashed with the consensus building nature of the legacy Mayer Brown partners. As to the "outpouring of support," I suspect its mostly Maher's PR machine that has so effectively kept him (and not the firm or the London office) in the press so often.

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  • Maher got voted back in as VC last year by a significant majority and so would appear acceptable to the partnership.

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