Dealing with partner departures

Article posted in the Law Society Gazette,  20 November 2017 With the best will in the world, some relationships in professional partnerships do not work out. Well-managed firms take prompt action to identify and address underlying problems affecting specific partners – perhaps resulting from over-promising and under-delivering, inability to be a team player or simply…

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Independents: Starting over

Article posted in the Law Society Gazette, 6 November 2017 Last year more than 1,000 new law firms were formed, the vast majority of them starting with between one and four partners. It is reasonable to ask ‘why?’. These new principals surely cannot have been following the news. The economic indicators of which many legal…

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Victimisation: Knowledge of Protected Disclosure

Article posted in Daniel Barnett’s Employment Law Bulletin, 23 October 2017 Is it a whistleblowing dismissal if the person who made the decision to dismiss was ignorant of the protected disclosure, and was deliberately misled by the employee’s line manager to believe the reason was poor performance? No, held the Court of Appeal in its…

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Partnership agreements: Lateral hires and restraint of trade

Article posted in the Law Society Gazette, 16 October 2017 The legal sector may have been slow to consolidate but the tide has turned in recent years and mergers have picked up pace. This has caused law firms across the board to look at their own plans, position in the market and growth strategy. And…

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