Mayer Brown seeks to grow London through hires

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  • Clay and Connolly aren't looking for a 'big deal' for two reasons:
    Firstly no firm, with even a modicum of intelligence, would consider striking a deal with Mayer Brown.

    Secondly, they know that the firm's decision makers (in Chicago) would never sanction a deal that would bolster London.

    Plan A, what plan? The firm is out of options seeing they have no chance of hiring talent, who would want to work for Mayer Brown?!

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  • This is simply MB trying to get ahead of the PR game following the collapse of talks. MB is already scraping the bottom of the barrell when it comes to laterals. No doubt some (such as William Charnley) have done ok, but most of their finance partners have struggled since coming across and have little or no work. Many have come and gone within two years of starting. Their well known problems (management, culture, the Maher soap opera, the long list of departing partners, the huge real estate expense in London and various litigation claims against the firm) would make any lawyer with a book of business think twice before moving there.

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