Shoosmiths' partner profits halved

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  • Shoosmiths have grown far too big for their boots - pun intended.

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  • Good God, Shoosmiths has a live one here!

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  • At no point in my post do I defend Shoosmiths' decision to defer or not compensate future trainees. I was merely make the point that your continous and belligerent posts about the matter are somewhat dull and monotonous.

    For your own good.... move on!!!

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  • To the current shoosmiths trainee posting dribble on here, just one question, how many trainees are being kept on this year at your firm? Maybe you are one of the very few, but it’s disturbing why you feel the need to post on here. Get a grip.

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  • Maybe the trainees not kept on can alter their CV and pursue a new career as shoesmiths.

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  • I don't think the industry will forget the name of Tom Goff for some time to come. For all the wrong reasons of course.

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  • Opening in Manchester must be really draining their cash.

    Doesn't look such a good decision now.

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  • The Manchester market will not be cracked on a shoestring! Fortune favours the brave but it is difficult to see a profit coming from their Manchester office in the next 3 years. As somebody capable of carrying work to a new firm, would I wish to join them? The answer is a resounding "no". It is high time that Managing Partners recognised that many decisions made internally have an impact externally. Should we blame their inept handling of the PR issues? Again, a resounding "no". Trying to spin positives out of negatives is folly and as at least one Managing Partner in Manchester has found out to his cost, the "truth will out". Treating people fairly and reasonably must be the starting point. Once you achieve that, much of the business looks after itself and people with genuine client followings will find you a much more attractive proposition.

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  • RE: Anonymous | 7-Jul-2009 3:13 pm.

    Is your post endorsed by Shoomith's HR department!? Otherwise one would expect that after the initial debacle Shoomiths would have had the sense to instruct their IT techies to put a firewall on any trainee's access to TheLawyer for fear of another 'Tom Goff MkII'. Obviously not the case...

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  • What a wise move. I am a legal secretary (I was). When hard times hit the economy, staff is always first to be laid off. while the partners hardly ever feel the squinch. My suggestion is: keep the staff and strip the partners of their profits or give them the pink slip. Every firm should follow Shoosmiths' example.

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