Mavericks set up niche employment firm

Former Warner Cranston lawyers David Warner and Michael Jones are to set up their own niche employment firm, Jones & Warner, and aim to employ lawyers who want to work part-time and from home.

Warner founded Warner Cranston, and retired in April 1997. Jones, a barrister, founded the firm's advocacy department five years ago but left the firm this spring.

The two are already practising but the firm is not yet fully staffed. Jones said he was aiming to launch the new firm by the end of the year.

He said the firm would use a secure intranet system to allow lawyers to telework and wanted to recruit “employment practitioners who don't want to work to City norms”.

Surveys showed that young lawyers were increasingly finding long hours in City firms too much, he said.

Based on Lombard Street, Jones & Warner will specialise in advising employers and senior executives.

Jones said the idea had come about at a social meeting with Warner at the beginning of this year, when the partners discussed their ideals of setting up a firm with “a clean sheet”. He said their ideology was based around not following “City norms as to how firms structure themselves”.

Jones spoke of a whimsical aim for his firm to have about 27 lawyers, after “an old Slaughter and May silverback told me that the firm was best when it had 27 partners”.