Keeping it in the family
Lack of work means ... more work?
Manches took on a new head of employment in December 2008, bringing Tom Walker on board. Walker was previously a partner at litigation specialists Colemans. Specialising in sex discrimination and covenants in restraint of trade, Walker has also worked on a number of whistle-blowing claims.
Walkerâ€™s expertise may be especially welcome in this economic environment. His appointment came as unemployment figures climbed to their highest-ever levels in the UK. According to Legal Week, Walker noted, â€œI expect to see tougher litigation and tribunals as people who are made redundant will no longer be able to rely on finding new employment in the future.â€
Rebuilding the ranks
Manches may be doing brisk business in family law, employment law and litigation, but the global slump in corporate work has made itself felt. In March 2009, the firm laid off 10 people, primarily from the corporate practice, including fee earners and support staff.
Two weeks later, the firm suffered another blow when family partner Debbie Chism defected to the litigation boutique Stewarts Law. She was soon joined by two more Manches lawyers, including Clive Zietman, former head of the firmâ€™s commercial litigation and arbitration group. In the wake of their departure, Manches announced that it will create a new, dedicated litigation practice, pooling the resources of its litigation teams in technology, property and commercial litigation.
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