Something I said?

Lazy, complacent, boring and inconsistent. Who am I? If you’re a private practice lawyer, you might want to look away now – according to various in-house counsel, these words describe a private practice partner during a pitch. Meow.

The round-up of leading GC opinion kicks off a forthcoming series from The Lawyer, analysing the nuts and bolts mechanics of panel review processes. Some of the biggest bug-bears from leading GCs include complacency, laziness and marketing waffle, while long responses and “not working out when you are boring the client” also come in for criticism.

Particularly caustic was one GC who slammed law firms for not being open and honest about their weak spots, commenting: “It is very disappointing when the chat is better than the legal work. Law firms shouldn’t simply rely on their supposed reputations and their positions in the directories.”

Readers have been firing from all cylinders too, with one commenting that big law firms reward salesman rather than lawyers. “They are run by puffmeisters for puffmeisters,” the reader – dubbed ‘Realist’ – said.

But private practice girls and boys, dry your eyes – law firms had their own list of complaints about corporate behaviour during panel reviews. Rile yourself up with a read of this week’s feature, Partners on Parade.

Also on The Lawyer:

The disputes chief of UBS Wealth, Philippa Simmons, has been named as Lloyds Banking Group’s (LBG) new head of legal disputes and contentious regulation

Real estate investment fund Ashby Capital has recruited a former Berwin Leighton Paisner corporate associate Tom Hill as in-house legal counsel

Along with the other world accountancy titans, Ernst & Young is considering launching a legal arm, says its GC for UK and Ireland, Lisa Cameron


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Europe – Addleshaw Goddard: New Employee Shareholder status comes into force on 1 September 2013