News Law firms Trio do battle for Camerons senior partner role as Lane is knocked out By Margaret Taylor 22 March 2011 12:04 17 December 2015 15:11 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 Anonymous 22 March 2011 at 14:51 I wonder what the criteria for nomination are? A track record of managing a multi-million poung business successfully? A skilled leader? A strategist? Or an all-round good egg? Law firm management elections never fail to baffle those of us in the corporate world. Reply Link Anonymous 22 March 2011 at 18:32 Presumably one criteria is have an ounce of charisma…. Reply Link Anonymous 23 March 2011 at 11:02 As far as I can see at Camerons, you need to have the following traits which I’ve listed out together with examples 1) Lack of foresight and/or crassness- (announcing a cut in redundancy pay policy along with an announcement that there would be no redundancies and then making said redundancy announcement about 8 weeks later). 2) Stupity. Asking clients to pay what they think feel is the right level of fees. LOL that one still cracks me up. 3) Duplicity. Remember the Flex scheme? That was designed to secure the medium/long term future of staff by asking them to take a pay cut. These are the same staff now being made redundant, shipped off to Bristol etc via outsourcing. 4) Poor Timimg – signing leases in Moscow at the height of the property boom days before the market plummeted. 5) Ruthlessness. They can’t increase profits so aren’t 20 partners going out the door soon? Reply Link Anonymous 23 March 2011 at 11:59 People used to say that Camerons is one of the few genuinely friendly firms around. True. The reality now could not be more different. It is not a friendly place to work in, a lot of us think that it is shockingly badly run and the the mood on the ground palpably bad. So many associates now wanting to leave (the recruiters have the majority of us associates on their books). Some partners down right nasty – I can think of names (both female) – god knows why we associates put up with it. Trust me, nearly all of us want to leave. It is so unfriendly and the offices terribly worn out and tired. Sick of the place. Reply Link Anonymous 23 March 2011 at 15:37 I voted for Duncan and let us be fair, he has not “wrecked” or “destroyed” the firm, at least not yet. He offered a fresh new perspective to a firm that was already flying quite high. But he lacks experience, which he is getting quickly to be sure. Oddly, he told us that “improving our communication” was top priority, despite already having quite good communication. That bit has seen dramatic decline and shows no signs of improvement. That is why I am supporting experience this time around. However, I remain proud of our firm, proud of all our candidates and hopeful for a turnaround. Reply Link Anonymous 23 March 2011 at 16:53 By ‘fresh new perspective’ do you mean alienating all of the support staff and shipping out 20 partners? Let’s see how effective support is from distance (be it India or Bristol). Reply Link Anonymous 23 March 2011 at 16:58 Let’s improve communication now shall we? Liam Brown, Integreon’s CEO, met with support staff and proudly declared to them the fact that no-one had ever been made redundant through a deal undertaken by Integreon. I wonder if you will still be able to say this once the full details of the outsourcing get properly announced to the press, eh Liam? Will you be going to their leaving parties? Reply Link Anonymous 23 March 2011 at 18:40 You’d have to have a heart of stone not to laugh at the huge mess Duncan and the management team are currently digging for themselves. Everything they’ve touched seems to have turned to the proverbial, and it’s not gold. Huge sympathy for the support staff that have now endured continued upheaval since 2007. I don’t know the ins and outs of the Integreon deal – only time will tell what this entails. Some may do well out of it and others badly but at least this will mean the prospect of being messed about any further by CMS will have been reduced. Congrats to whoever wins the race for senior partner btw. Will they receive a Posioned Chalice replica I wonder? Reply Link Anonymous 23 March 2011 at 18:51 Has anyone been keeping up with the Xchanging story? They’re a major outsourcing company and they’re doing quite well at the moment. Not. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.