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UK firms remain wary despite elevated recruitment figures

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  • Seriously, the top 25 firms hired hundreds of lawyers in the last twelve months? What's the ratio of fee earners to support staff for this chart?

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  • Also the numbers given for 'job loses' must be taken with a pitch of salt - these are presumably announced job loses. Alot of the top 25 firms made massive unannounced job loses via managing people out.

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  • Only 19 job losses at Pinsents?! That makes me chuckle.

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  • seriously? you expect ppl to believe that A&O laid off more associates than CC and Links??!

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  • actually A&O did make that many lay-offs - at least in London anyway

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  • This table seems to show that the data for 8 out the top 12 firms in the table is based on 'estimated figures'. If thats right, are these the law firm's estimates or The Lawyers'?

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  • ...and still, not a word of help or support to the army of NQ lawyers not kept on. We are having to face turning from the law after huge investment of time and money: and once a turn away has been made, we will struggle to return. Go and do pro bono they say - and pay the rent with what? The SRA, The Lawyer, law firms, and Patners at large should feel ashamed by the lack of support being offered to this easily forgotten, inexperienceed group. It is shameful.

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  • Will be interesting to compare the figures employed before the crunch and in the latest LLP accounts of each of the above firms, I have my doubts the announced 'job loss' figures will tally with the people who were actually cut by 'announced' and unannounced 'managing out'. If the lawyer is to make a statistical comparison, then it shouldn't rely on the figures of cut backs actually announced by the firms - they have to dig deeper.

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  • Only 4 job losses at Freshfields. Not sure who is doing the maths.

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  • There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that the likes of Freshfields and Slaughters were sacking in droves: the figures of 4 and 0 (official redundancies) are therefore very misleading and it is very disingeneous and insulting for the above-named partners at those firms to suggest otherwise.

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