Trowers hits out at exiting partners as Addleshaws launches in Oman

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  • The mass exodus of partners from the Dubai office has left it almost rudderless. Even the two partners hired with much fanfare just two years ago have gone.

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  • How uncouth to air one's dirty laundry in public...

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  • Good old Trowers - making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

    Well done Charles and Roger. I guess the re-branding of Trowers didn't quite make it attractive enough for you to stay.

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  • Sounds to me like the partners in question were clearly determined to leave anyway, hence the (alleged) setting up the new entity (presumably for Addleshaws), which was simply an advance step before actually leaving Trowers.

    Trowers trying to describe this as sacking partners for breaking the rules is absurd and reflects very poorly on them (not the partners who left). It just makes Trowers look like very bad losers in a game they have not been playing very well for some time.

    (And whoever does their PR needs far better advice...Rule 101 of law firm PR: You never attack leaving partners.)

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  • "How to Lose Clients & Alienate Employees" textbook stuff.

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  • Come on. You simply can't go around breaching your contractual obligations in this way. Trowers are in the right - though I might not have been so combative in public.
    I think we can expect more of this kind of thing (i.e the Trowers response) in future as life gets toughter.
    I wouldn't be surprised if the SRA are interested in the conduct of the Partners - it seems a wilful breach.

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  • @anonymous 9.26am
    Trowers may well be in the right. Then again given the huge numbers of associates the partners have ruthlessly cut in the last few years, it may just be a case of "what goes around, comes around".

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  • It is likely that these partners had already handed in their notice and this was a cost-saving exercise by Trowers to avoid paying these partners amounts to which they would have been entitled. It simply reconfirms that the partners are better off out of there.
    I cannot believe that what is left of this firm in the Middle East can seriously service client's needs.

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  • The Middle East practice has been without a coherent strategy for years and those being promoted through the ranks are rightly perceived as ruthless self-promoters. Trowers is either run by an old boys' club or by those who play by these rules. Charles Schofield and Roger Byrne are excellent lawyers and if Trowers could not see fit to reward or draw within the fold its best and brightest, it only has itself to blame for the inevitable. What's left for Trowers? Commercial real estate? How long will it be before they start to smell the roses ...

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  • I left Trowers during the 2007-2008 exodus. We just couldn't watch the historic "causy" brand being undermined by a very closed group who hardly knew anything about the Middle East.

    We too suffered from a very bitter "sportsmanship" row.

    Question to T&H "International" partners and HR - when will you admit that you got it wrong? knowing is half the battle..I guess you guys will never know!

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