News Scotland feature: Saltire in the wounds By Margaret Taylor 1 April 2013 00:00 27 January 2016 10:34 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Jim 1 April 2013 at 21:30 Surprised there is no mention of Maclays’ liabilities or horrendous management who are running the firm into the ground. I admire Drummond – can we have someone like him steering the ship? I’d stay in that case. Reply Link Chris Miley 2 April 2013 at 13:12 Jim, if you hate it so much you know where the door is. MMS has never been better managed or in ruder health. Our current CEO and Board are the envy of the legal sector and I am proud to serve under them. Reply Link Anonymous 5 April 2013 at 00:06 Chris, I am not a MMS lawyer (in fact I no longer work in Scotland) but the general consensus amongst a lot of my peer group is that Maclays no longer the force it used to be. Ditto S+W. No longer a credible big 4 firm and the referennce to envy of the legal sector is just a little silly… Reply Link Chris Miley 5 April 2013 at 13:50 Dear Anonymous By your own admission you are not enaged in the Scottish legal sector, so I think it is safe to say that my observations and opinions are more relevant than your own. The fact is that MMS has been undergoing something of a metamorphosis over the last 2 or 3 years (and not before time). Previous management had allowed the Firm to become somewhat “flabby around the middle”, which was perhaps understandable given the extended period of plenty before 2008. The new CEO, with assistance from his deputies on the Board, has demonstrated great focus and diligence in seeking to bring the Firm into the 21st Century. No longer will underachievers be able to rely on antiquated concepts of “partnership glue” or “collegiate behaviours” in their attempts to cling to the equity ladder. Fee earners will be judged, as they should be, purely on annual financial contribution. “Show me the money” will be the new mantra for appraisals, and we shall all benefit from the resulting improvement in performance. We shall soon emerge leaner and stronger, ready to build further on a tradition of excellence already extending well over a century. Reply Link Jim Jones 8 April 2013 at 23:58 Appreciate your honesty Chris. You’re wrong, however. An accurate review of MMS at present is: rock bottom morale; invisible management who give yearly talks; lack of strategy; crumbling practices; staff exodus (i.e. the decent ones who can go elsewhere). Cheers. JJ Reply Link Anonymous 9 April 2013 at 19:25 Spot on Jim. The lions have eaten their fill and left the jackals to fight over the scraps. Reply Link Jim 11 April 2013 at 23:15 More accurate: the jackals have moved on; the vultures circle. Reply Link Gregory 13 April 2013 at 13:13 My sources tell me that management is to blame for maclay’s woes. The reason no other partner wants the mantle is that this would hinder their escape plans when things go off the cliff. Apparently there is next to nobody left in aberdeen (of any substance) and their poor trainees have not been told when to even expect nq announcements let alone what jobs will be offered (alway an ominous sign). Maclays is not that unique with d and w going the same way. Simple truth is this : new management; merger; cut the fat. There may then be the chance that maclays in some form survives. Otherwise I foresee another semple Fraser. All will be well until the notice to be appoint is lodged. Reply Link Realist Escapee 15 April 2013 at 16:42 The warning signs were there when the long-serving CEO departed unexpectedly midway through his final term and was replaced, unopposed, by a Partner with no leadership experience and the interpersonal skills of Montgomery Burns. Reply Link Disgruntled Employee 15 April 2013 at 23:43 The reasons above are no doubt why yet another partner, this time property partner Richard Whyte, is leaving MMS for Brodies….don’t think there are any happy employees at MMS anymore. Shame. It used to be a great place to work under the previous management. Reply Link Realist 16 April 2013 at 17:07 Would the last one to leave please remember to turn out the lights … Reply Link Anonymous 23 May 2013 at 23:19 See attached Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.