It's all very well having a strategy, but at a certain point a law firm has also got to be able to hold on to good partners. On that basis, news last week that Barlow Lyde & Gilbert's eight-partner aviation team is quitting to join Holman Fenwick Willan doesn't look good. The loss of such a highly-rated team - on some measures the largest switch between top 50 UK law firms since DLA Piper helped itself to a large chunk of Denton Wilde Sapte's media team back in 2004 - will raise fresh questions about Barlows' efforts to get back on track.
A great team acquisition for Holman, a worrying loss for Barlow Lyde & Gilbert It's all very well having a strategy, but at a certain point a law firm has also got to be able to hold on to good partners....
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