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Herbert Smith green lights October merger with Australia's Freehills

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  • Hmmm... Declining profits, numerous high profile partner departures, over half of the partnership now non-equity, booted out of the "Magic Circle" by LegalBus last month, failed alliance in Europe, etc. Yep. Herbies is definitely mediocre.

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  • Get your maths right!

    Mediocrity + mediocrity = 2Xmediocrity!

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  • Sorry - what superior firm does Anonymous 12.32 work at?? Just wondering...

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  • This is great news! It means our antiquated lockstep is finally dead! Thank you Jonathon and David for finally managing to kill it - even if you did have to take a back door approach.

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  • How do I feel about the merger? Mixed emotions, buddy. Like David Willis going off a cliff in my new Maserati.

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  • Let's be fair. Herbies has a good litigation practice. The rest of the firm may be mediocre but the litigation practice is strong - at least the litigators who haven't yet left the firm.

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  • Why was Herbert Smith's partnership vote done by secret ballot? Was their a concern that partners might suffer retribution if they did not support the merger?

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  • Herbies was booted out of the magic circle by Legal Business last month?!? I am shocked to hear that they were ever in the magic circle. I thought every one considered them to be silver circle at best.

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  • What superior firm does Anonymous 12.32 work at? Who knows. Could be any of a number of better firms - Slaughters, Linklaters, Freshfields, Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy, Dewey Lebeouf...

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  • Bell's comment is ridiculous. Saying the merger will give the firm "the platform to become the leading global law firm across Asia Pacific" is like saying McDonalds is the leading global restaurant across Asia Pacific.

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