Manches returns to traditional law firm model as CEO prepares for exit

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  • I was always pethimistic about her appointment

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  • it must be difficult for a chief executive to try and force a bunch of traditionalists to change, just look at all the comings and going at the bar. Who knows what obstacles Judit had to overcome? Anyone?

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  • Her interview last year was pretty extraordinary - criticising your employers in public is never a good strategy to adopt...
    Looks like someone's given her a bit of 'strong leadership'...!

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  • Manches insiders are stating that this was a PUSH after the domineering management style failed to deliver.

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  • There has been a mass exodus of people leaving both pushed out or unhappy staff due to this so called strong leader. You either with her or against her...
    Seems the partners have decided enough is enough

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  • Isn't she Leo Dicaprio's wife in Inception?

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  • That turnover is pathetic. Why is this even news? Oh it must be because they are in London. A regional firm doing £30m might make it into the Buxton echo
    Pathetic
    Merge or die Manches
    There are a host of firms in skipton that might like a London offering.

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  • The obstacles were limited and the partners just wanted sound leadership in line with their vision not her vision. Manches is a good firm with good people and cut their losses early in her appointment. Maybe the traditional tried and tested CEO was the way to go and life is a learning curve.

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  • Petho deserves great credit for turning the firm around, especially Manches Oxford office, which was in some difficulty prior to her appointment. Her two years with the firm have seen a remarkable improvement in esprit de corps as well as improved financial performance.

    She had a difficult job which she did well, she dragged a family firm kicking and squealing into the twenty-first century and has encouraged the development of a partnership which is now young and which no longer beholden to a group of divas of a certain age.

    Whilst Petho has refused to tolerate difficult or under-performing partners ( some of the "old guard" and unsuccessfull leteral hires have either been shown the door or gently encouraged to look elsewhere ), her focus on the hiring and the nurturing of young partners ( witness the successes of family partners such as Rebecca Cockcroft, James Stewart and Anna Worwood, private client partner Anna Burnside, litigation partner Margaret Tofalides and head of Employment Tom Walker) her willingness to topple "sacred cows" within the firm and her astute financial management has left Manches with a strong and enduring legacy - one which should guarantee its' future stability and profitability.

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  • I expect she grew tired of having to pop grapes down a certain person's cavernous gullet

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  • Manches is a small firm run by divas with enough yes men in the ranks to keep them deluded. I think the departure of Judit shows they like it that way. Best of luck to them.

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  • Hooray -hopefully the atmosphere might now be more friendly and happier-staff need to feel valued and cared for -and a smile and a thank you costs nothing but creates a positive environment throughout.

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  • Anonymous at 6 July 4.44am is clearly trying to sound as if they are in the know - but the facts are wrong. She has not 'hired or nurtured' the named partners in any shape or form - they are all big successes DESPITE Petho. Cockcroft has been there over 10 years and had no day to day contact with Petho whatsoever - ditto Stewart (there 7 years) who is highly successful despite Petho. Worwood was a rising star well before Petho joined only 18 months ago.
    Petho has indeed tidied up some of the finances and streamlined some of the back office, but her leadership style was a mix between dictatorial and invisible. She made no effort to communicate with the partners - and when asked to join some of them for an evening drink she announced 'I am not here to make friends!!' Fair comment but she made a whole lot of detractors instead.
    To be honest - she probably thought her management style was what was needed, as can be seen in her Lawyer interview, but she completely underestimated them - she treated them like a bunch of idiots and the worm turned

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  • Plenty of yes women in there too !

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  • Nurturing was never any part of Petho's management 'style' - the excellent young lawers mentioned above are doing so well because they are exactly that, excellent. and would be so without Petho.

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