Farewell Freehills

Now we don’t know about you, but the confirmation that Herbies litigation star Ted Greeno has packed his bags for US outfit Quinn Emanuel has our imaginations running wild. With his exit following the departure of eight high-level partners since June 2012, we think it’s jolly fair that we now ask the question: is there really no smoke without fire?

Of course, the answer is no – everyone leaves for a reason. Culture clashes since the Freehills merger is just one of the bugbears we’ve sniffed out from those close to the firm, making the question in the end really about how big certain fires have become, rather than if they exist at all.

Insiders think the smoke will soon settle, with one source telling The Lawyer: “I would say that Ted and Jason [Fox] are probably the last of the big departures rather than heralding a new round, but that’s just speculation.”

While we gaze into our crystal ball, let’s hope Herbies staff don’t have to dig out their leaving-party clobber for another while yet.


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