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DWF loses Newcastle head Flynn in wake of Crutes deal

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  • I struggle to understand the concept that if you put several average smallish firms together you suddenly have a quality national firm? All sounds a bit like trying to merge Leeds United and Sheffield United to try and come up with a Manchester United! Surely you'd just get a bottom half Championship in terms of quality.

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  • That's because you've failed to consider the role of good judgement in your reasoning.
    The concept behind DWF is to cherry pick the best fee earners in each market. In some cases that involves purchasing a firm with a solid bedrock of clients (typically insurance) and using this as a foothold. It's approximately the same model that DLA Piper used a decade ago.

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  • They should have parachuted in someone who had proved themselves at a big firm.

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  • Making DWF the top firm in Newcastle doesn't look particularly tricky.
    I guess it speaks volumes that even Flynn's own team didn't trek across the city to join him.

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  • It's tough at the top. Or 38th from the top.

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  • Well done to DWF for increasing turnover by 23% across all your offices.
    My guess would be that turnover has barely increased in the Newcastle office. Such under-performance may go unchecked in some North East firms, but doesn't at DWF.

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  • Reality check. He was good, but never as good as he told everyone he was.

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  • Months later, jF still listed on the DWF. However not in the office and rumoured to be on sick leave.

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  • So was this story untrue?

    I ask as it is now December and he's still on the website.

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  • It seems deeply unfair that DWF's hard working fee earners are subsidising John Flynn's bumper wages in 2013.

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