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‘C U Next Tuesday’: Leaked emails reveal incredible bust-up between KWM partners

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EXCLUSIVE: The blame game begins

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A series of leaked emails has revealed an explosive row erupting between two top partners at King & Wood Mallesons (KWM).

In an email (screenshotted below) sent to all of KWM’s European and Middle East lawyers on Saturday, George Pinkham (pictured top left) — who is a partner at the firm’s New York outpost — revealed that as of Tuesday his office would be under the control of KWM’s Chinese arm.

Punting for the subject header “farewell to all my friends”, Pinkham — whose job is seemingly safe — blasts the outfit’s “London management” for sinking SJ Berwin, one of three firms that merged to form KWM back in 2013.

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Taking issue with Pinkham’s email, Tim Taylor QC (pictured top right) — a partner at KWM’s Dubai office — quickly responds (screenshotted below). Referencing his colleague’s email postscript, which reminds recipients that the New York office will be closed on Monday due to a national holiday, Taylor takes the opportunity to crack a “C U Next Tuesday” gag.

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Shocked by what he describes as Taylor’s gratuitous attack, Pinkham fires off another email (reproduced again in full below) claiming his fellow partner has “chosen to distort” his farewell. Accepting that he feels some “responsibility for this fiasco”, the lawyer — who founded SJ Berwin’s Paris office in 2001 — says he is simply trying to stay in touch with staff.

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Firing a further shot, Taylor — who once appeared alongside his son Hugo in a episode of Made in Chelsea — states in a follow up email that he is simply giving Pinkham the opportunity to clarify who exactly he wanted to “blame” for the firm’s demise.

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Pinkham and Taylor did not respond to Legal Cheek’s request for comment, while a spokesperson for KWM declined to comment on the email exchange.

Last week, having previously revealed that its bank would no longer be approving salary payments, KWM notified the High Court of its intention to appoint administrators for a second time. The firm is expected to enter into administration by the end of the week.

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68 Comments

SB

Indicative of the shambolic management top to bottom. Utterly embarrassing . Partners should be ashamed of themselves.

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Anonymous

Absolutely correct the firm has been in meltdown the last half a dozen years at least

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Anonymous

Funny the first time, boring now.

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Leadpipe

Sez who?

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Anonymous

Yep, all these high street solicitors on between £30k-£40k pa are really feeling some sympathy with the MC staff over this.

Get bent everyone.

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The Konman

Soz, should’ve studied harder.

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TheLolz

Stephen get back to work….Macs want you and the other lackeys you brought with you to earn some money.

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The Konman

You mirin’ the levels of my remuneration pleb?

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Anonymous

And pull your trousers up whilst you’re at it ….

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Amused reader

That was bloody good I’ll say that good sir.

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LL and P

Indeed. This exchange between the partners is actually a disgrace.

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Anonymous

Makes ya proud to be a lawyer.

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Anonymous

Luckily I’m a “top” lawyer.

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Harry Redknapp

But are you a top, top lawyer? Or even a ‘triffic lawyer?

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Anonymous

Yes, I’m the Niko Kranjcar or Peter Crouch of lawyers.

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Anonymous

Surely it’s Kanu 4 ‘Arry.

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Anonymous

I’m a triffic lawyer. It mostly involves dealing with South African car accidents.

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Anonymous

And in the meantime the business services staff are still on unpaid leave waiting for administration to happen so we can claim some money back. They can’t even do that efficiently.

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Anonymous

Administration can’t happen until there is funding for it. KWM is working flat out to raise money by selling practices (all those team moves); the more they sell, the more funded the administration will be and the more chance of paying unpaid wages and proving at least temporary employment for some staff. The alternative is compulsory liquidation and SRA intervention, where everybody loses.

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The Kontroller

Administration just started. Soz.

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Former KWM

Whoa, this is an epic scoop LC, top marks Tommy!

The emails themselves perfectly illustrate the ‘fiefdom’ mentality prevalent at SJB/KWM which inevitably helped usher in the firm’s downfall. Tim can sweet-talk all he likes but this is on his arse too.

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Support staff

Tim Taylor is a complete twat, and acted like a fool at the Christmas party rabbiting on about new opportunities ahead. At least George Pinkham actually seems pissed off about the debacle. Where are the rest of the ex-KWM partners?! Let them air their laundry in public…show some emotion you fuckers for the people you have shafted!

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Anonymous

This year’s Christmas party? There actually was one?

Gosh those toilets must’ve been well foul with no bog roll around…

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The Konman

http://www.kwm.com/en/uk/people/stephen-kon

“I’m still around…”

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TheLolz

Enjoying your retirement at Macs, c u next tuesday….

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The Konman

Making big dolla, unlike you. Megalol.

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Anonymous

Hi stephen i worked for sjb from 1983 until being made redundant 2 years ago. Its a shame what happened to sjb, i often wonder what would of happened if stanley was still there. Hope your well.

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Stanley Berwin

I’m still alive, look at me spin!

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Anonymous

They still have the careers and training contract application section open on their website.

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Anonymous

That’s because all the IT staff is sat home, not getting paid.

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Anonymous

I’ve seen numerous job vacancies too in the last few weeks. Diabolical shambles

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Anonymous

Tom, your journalism is shoddy. The sentence, “one of three firms that merged to form KWM back in 2013” suggests that KWM originated from a tripartite merger; it was not – KWM already existed from 2012 and SJ Berwin joined the fold later on.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

“a career at King & Wood Mallesons is unique and challenging with clear rewards.”

Heh, I bet those trainees stuck with no bog roll were handing out all kinds of clear rewards.

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Former KWM trainee

I left a clear reward right in front of Rob Day’s former office door. It was bloody huge!!!!

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Anonymous

Stop referring to the emails being ‘reproduced in full’ when some juicy bits have obviously been redacted

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Anonymous

Hardly juicy …. and not exactly rocket science to work out ….

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Anonymous

Why should Tom reproduce a private email and phone number? It’s a sensible move to stop trolls from harassing the bloke.

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The Konnoisseur

Enjoy entering into administration today, peasants! Meanwhile I’m living the Champaigne lifestyle at Macs…

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Anonymous

“Champaigne “

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The Kontract

I said I wuz the Konnoisseur…

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Anonymous

CU next Tuesday!!

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Anonymous

Partners to the gallows!,

They should face the shooting squad,,, spineless bastards

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Anonymous

You do know that people are hanged from gallows, not shot at them, right?

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redplanet

New take on hung drawn & quartered – hung, shot and de-boned.

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Anonymous

totally agree

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Anonymous

Hang the bastards and then shit them!!

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Anonymous

In Soho some people pay to have that done to them…

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Anonymous

Where soho,, let me know,,,, I guess this where all the partners,,,,lol

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Anonymous

anyway it would fit the punishment for them

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Former KWM partner

Chippy pleb.

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Support staff

You’ll get yours

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KWM equity partner (aka rich bastard)

You’ll get statutory redundancy. Lol!

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Anonymous

And you”ll get knee capped lulz

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KWM equity partner in his Porsche 911

How desperate, yet entertaining.

Don’t forget to pack your Oyster card when you’re travelling back home to Zone 6, yeah?

Anonymous

Doesn’t legal cheek get sued for this type of content? Obviously not by KWM but more generally?

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Anonymous

On what legal grounds?

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Anonymous

Hardly grounds for libel eh? Lol

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Anonymous

they should be hang or shot… either case it’ll be worth it!!!!!!

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Garbo

I suspect what piqued Mr Taylor was Mr Pinkham’s nauseating attempt at self-promotion by making it clear to all those less fortunate what a fantastic job he had personally done literally building the Paris office with his bare hands and creating the best team ever.

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Business support staff

Mr Taylor is just another turbokh*nt who didn’t lift a finger in this epic mess. No sympathy whatsoever.

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Support staff

Agreed.

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Anonymous

Having to repeat the ‘see you next Tuesday’ (polite version) twice meant it failed.

It works best when it’s subtle.

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KWM CHN Associate

It’s very sad learning SJB/KWM EUME has gone there.
In the past few years I’ve met great colleagues from EU offices (secondees and those whom I contacted via e-mail), especially our London office. People in CN have never expected the management problem in London can lead to such a catastrophe.
Best wishes and warm welcomes from China.

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Anonymous

Looks like the Chinese invasion is real

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