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Top Slaughter and May partner compares firm’s lawyers to ‘pack of wolves’

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Taking the magic circle player’s name a little too literally?

A partner at Slaughter and May has likened the firm’s top legal talent to a bunch of wolves.

Slaughters corporate partner David Watkins recently returned to the firm’s London office following a seven-year spell in Hong Kong, The Lawyer (£) reported earlier this week. Watkins — who joined the elite outfit in 2001 — had been overseeing the Slaughters’ expansion into the Asia market.

And it appears things got pretty wild (quite literally) during Watkins’ stint overseas. Reflecting on his time in Honkers, the top lawyer told the website:

“We have a very strong pack of wolves. There has been a flood of very vibrant, young, active people and they have formed our strong push to enhance our Asian offering.”

Watkins’ somewhat unusual analogy is presumably in reference to his colleagues’ resilience, loyalty and ability to work as a team, as opposed to their capacity to tear animals limb from limb with their teeth.

Wolf comparisons aside, Slaughters is understood to be one of the most profitable law firms in the world — profit per equity partner (PEP) is rumoured to be the highest in Europe at over £2 million, however, nobody really knows for sure.

Watkins’ Hong Kong replacement is fellow corporate specialist Chris McGaffin. He joined the firm in 2005 and is now the 13th partner in Slaughters’ Hong Kong office.

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23 Comments

K&E Partner

Aw how cute.

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The guy who won KKR for Latham and who's at the top of the equity

Indeed.

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Anonymous

To clarify, are we talking a “K&E Partner” in the sense of some 6 PQE bozo who’s being given 2 years of salary partner status and will then almost inevitably be shown the door, or do you mean someone who’s actually reached equity at K&E.

Very very different things.

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STALLONE

Harsh but true.

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Anonymous

The salaried partners at K&E still do pretty well – they are paid above market for US senior associates and above market bonuses.

https://www.legalbusiness.co.uk/analysis/global-100-2018/wrecking-ball/

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S&M Rejected Me

This is a complete non-story. An odd man used an odd word about odd people in an odd part of the world.

Having said that, S&M sounds like a terrible, stuck-up place and they can get in the sea.

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Anonymous

When you want to call your colleagues hairy rabid dogs but self-censorship kicks in

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Anonymous

Yet another example of mundane jobs being given ridiculous, self-aggrandising descriptions.

Pack of fucking wolves? It’s a law firm that shuffles paper FFS, not a special forces team.

The giveaway is in the later part: “…they have formed our strong push to enhance our Asian offering.” Pure management bollocks speak.

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Streatsweeper Tonny

Hear hear. There’s nothing easier than blozzing docs as a corporate lawyer. Absolute jobsworths

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Anonymous

Quite. There is no law in corporate practice. You just cobble together boiler plate documents.

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Gutter Press

HOW IS THIS A STORY?!

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Anonymous

PEP highest in Europe?? US firms…..

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SPB

Yeah – let’s start talking about the US FIRMS!!

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Mike

Hear, hear.

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Anonymous

Dechart?

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Anonymous

LLL

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Anonymous

CCC

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Anonymous

LLL

Anonymous

DDD

Wolfie

Howooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

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Leonardo Di Capriosun

Wolfie Wolfie Wolfie

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Anonymous

Fuck off.

Yeah you’re right.

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Anonymous

I feel like this is such a non-story.

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