Rising above it all…is for dummies!
Quinn Emmanuel’s UK Senior Partner cut out his PR team and tackled negative coverage directly this week in a personal attack on the press, his rivals, and a defecting partner that has definitely worked very well.
Richard East lashed out on LinkedIn after Legal Week reported that Quinn’s London office was in “real trouble” following the departure of three partners and 13 lawyers for Willkie Farr, and that profits would be “massively hit”.
In blistering form, East jumped onto reporter Krishnan Nair’s post to explain just how wrong he was.
“We aren’t ‘in real trouble’ and I suspect most sensible readers will dismiss this article as unsubstantiated gossip and conjecture (which it is)”, he said.
The “true picture” would emerge, promised East, “But it won’t emerge in legal week, that’s for sure”.
“No doubt other law firms leaders will think twice before engaging you in any discussion about their firms. I know I will”, said the smarting law firm leader.
East countered the fake news MSM narrative with “a few facts” about how many lawyers had really quit Quinn (“9”, although he later clarified to RollOnFriday that it was actually 10), how many had not (“97”, though possibly now 96), how many new arrivals were replenishing the ranks already (12), and how many laterals Quinn was talking to (“multiple”).
As for Quinn’s competitors in the City, “Our opponents are always keen to deride us”, complained East. “Call us toxic. None of this is true. Look how many partners we’ve lost in 14 years. Compare that to any US firm in London”.
The defection of his rainmaking Head of Competition, Boris Bronfentrinker, was also immaterial. East explained that Bronfentrinker was nothing - nothing! - until Quinn found him.
“Boris is and was a great lawyer. But we existed for 7 years before he arrived as an unknown lawyer from hausfeld and we will exist and grow when he has gone”, vowed East. So there.