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In-house counsel blast lawyers who act like they're on the Apprentice
23 December 2016
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In-house lawyers have been filling in RollOnFriday's survey to reveal the firms that have been getting things right, and those that haven't.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, brash lawyers are getting some stick. One in-houser instructed a firm with associates who spoke like they were on the Apprentice TV show and boasted "awesome business skillz". However when the client asked them to provide legal advice rather than design a new brand of sausage, they failed to impress. Other firms were criticised for lacking conviction. One in-house counsel complained about a "managing associate who had the confidence and commercial acumen of a hamster".

Respondents also lambasted firms for shoddy billing. A city firm was singled out for "submitting a fairly large bill to us with no breakdown" which "went down like a sack of the proverbial".

As for perks, one in-house lawyer has had enough of breakfast events where they are "chased round the buffet by partners and associates at 8.30am" looking to "talk shop". But the RollOnFriday award for most inappropriate hospitality goes to a firm in Dubai who offered a client, erm, prostitutes. The client "politely declined".


"I'd prefer tickets to Wimbledon"
 
It wasn't all bad. One in-house counsel said BLP lawyers "really know their stuff", adding that they would happily "have a pint with them after a late night working which tells you all you need to know".

And a respondent heaped praise on a partner and associate at one firm who sent  "a massive pack of stuff" to a child with cancer, known to the client.  The lawyers personalised the pack, and invited the child to the office when she was better. The client said that this wasn't done as "marketing" but simply because the lawyers were "being human".

If you're in-house have your say here.

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anonymous user
10/03/2017 06:35
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How can you have a workhouse which has too little work? There is more than enough work in personal legal services, the problem lies with the disaster that is business legal services. Overpaid, over-hyped and over-rated and yet cosseted by the clueless Board. How many more big name washed up partners or failed mergers will it take before we see an end to the expensive but doomed failure to transform the business? The money is drying up and those who perform are being squeezed daily so as to pay for those who have a track record for failure. The future is anything but bright under a Board which appears to be an improvement on the last one but is still pretty clueless.
anonymous user
10/03/2017 08:37
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BLS at IM is surely the ultimate poisoned chalice for any board. No amount of polishing that turd is going to turn it into a diamond. Best all round if everyone agrees it's time to quit while they are behind and flush the whole thing down the toilet.
anonymous user
10/03/2017 08:38
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No surprise seeing kennedys near the bottom of the pile
anonymous user
10/03/2017 11:31
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The workhouse was Irwin Mitchell and the "too little work" is KWM.
anonymous user
10/03/2017 13:16
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All the moaning (and quite rightly!!) and yet all those lawyers who become partners and have the power to make the culture better and make a difference don't seem to do anything.... Unfortunately the money is still more attractive to most.
anonymous user
11/03/2017 14:46
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Why would anyone choose to work for Kirkland instead of any other American moneylaw firm that pays the same? I suspect they will soon have a mass attrition issue on their hands.
anonymous user
13/03/2017 17:45
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No wonder Charles Russell Speechlys made an appearance towards the bottom of the pile. Since the merger they have hemorrhaged lawyers due to the battling at Partner level for everyone to find their feet. The Private Wealth team has less than halved in size, with significant turnover of those that were there at the point of the merger. It was so bad that they actually handed out bonuses to those that 'survived' the merger by one year. Failure to retain good lawyers, pay a proper wage and the fact that others are noted as 'senior associates' before they had even qualified left a lot of the team seething with resentment and looking at other mid-sized firms across the City.
anonymous user
13/03/2017 21:20
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IM missed the chance to diversify 6 or 7 years ago. It will never get another chance to transform from a PI business.
  

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