Slater & Gordon acquisition spree continues with industrial disease firm John Pickering

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  • How does piling in more low end PI work contribute to becoming "one of the UK's leading consumer law firms"? Suggestion of new name: Slips, Trips and Asbestosis LLP. Would you let these folks do any complex matrimonial not to mention business work for you? You're in good company, along with every right-minded legal consumer. I'd even rather go to the Co-Op and that's saying something.

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  • Interesting that they attack the insurance industry when most of the best routes to the consumer market are via the insurance sector! But of course they are going to get their by telly adverts that no one remembers. Nice one Skip!

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  • It would appear that the deal with John Pickering will extend the geographical reach of S&G, this will give them further access in to the Yorkshire region as they start to go 'Head to Head' with Irwin Mitchell, who I have heard on the grapevine are watching S&G's every move with some partners getting updates weekly on activity, especially the marketing activity with TV and digital set to be a massive.

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  • They have a really long way to go to get anywhere near Irwin Mitchell's reputation. Also, Irwins are not a bunch of commies who will not touch the insurance industry. Slaters only hope to get anywhere near Irwins is to do the Pannone deal but that appears to be slipping out of their hands. If Irwins and Pannone could get together that would probably consign Slaters to the dustbin of history.

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  • Oh boy, Anonymous and Skippy you really don't get it do you, probably got your head in the sand working in a firm covered in dust trading on past glories and sat in front of 2002 legal 500 where your name actually got mentioned.

    Peter Brown seems to get the idea; S&G are looking at where IM are in the market place and will be looking at taking a big bite out of their business.

    This is commoditisation in action where costs are stripped out of business due to the fact that a large percentage of legal work can be process driven and will be, complex matrimonial accounts for what number of divorces a year, and I think you can see that S&G do have and will make sure they hire staff capable of those rarer cases.

    Stand outside, see the clouds they are bringing the 'wind of change' and you either adapt or die, well I tell you what I am doing; learning the Australian national anthem, firing up the barbie, getting a hat with corks and looking for a girlfriend called Shelia.

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  • Slater & Gordon also do high end and complex litigation. They were pioneers of class action litigation in Australia. You undersell them if you think that they are just good at conveyor belt law.

    Dr Brett Davies, CTA, AIAMA, BJuris, LLB, Dip Ed, BArts(Hons), LLM, MBA, SJD
    Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia
    Legal Consolidated

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  • Slaters has a long way to go to reach the reputation and brand of Irwins. Irwins also have a very much stronger relationship with the insurance sector. This is why they need the Pannone deal so badly but this seems to be slipping from their grasp. If Irwins and Pannone were to get together it would probably set Slaters back about five years.

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  • Reference to Irwin's reputation raised an eyebrow. Anyone who knows knows of the gulf between the image and the substance. Perhaps S&G will exploit that.

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  • It makes me laugh to hear that Slaters have arrived in the UK having conquered the Australian legal market. That's a bit like arriving at Manchester United saying you were a big shot at Tranmere Rovers. If they had done this in the US that would be different but Australia is still a very immature legal market, with very idiosyncratic geography. It is more like Canada or Scotland. In many areas the principal competitor for two hundred miles will be a kangaroo, and some would argue that he can handle more complex cases than Slaters. The UK legal market has more strength in depth everywhere. Look at the way UK magic circle firms eliminated the Australian national firms in about three years. The UK has over 12,000 law firms and already has all the skills in play that Slater & Gordon claim to bring. There is nothing new here about their model and the competition is far, far stiffer. I am afraid the only thing likely to get cooked on the barbie in the UK is Neil Kinsella.

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  • Irwins and Pannone, that would never happen now too many egos, we all know they have spoken but they had too many issues that couldn't be resolved. That's lawyers for you.

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  • The thing is that a combination of Pannone and Irwins would be very attractive to top litigators in many areas. The combined firm could then target the niche PI and DR practices and build a formidable brand. The problem with the Slaters brand, as Pannone are now finding, is that the best people will not want to work under it. It will therefore keep being driven down market into the conveyor belt world.

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  • Kylie, have you read anything about what S&G are doing? S&G are not after the magic circle work, that is just showing your level of understanding about what S&G are looking a doing. Lots of offices in lots of locations, TV, Media, Digital to develop a brand, that is it a 'CONSUMER' brand, you know what people on the street recognise, say magic circle to Joe Blogs and he will think Paul Daniels.

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