A&O boss vows to limit job cuts as firm transfers support function to Belfast

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  • Poor old DPC, what will I do without you helping me out. Being one of the "old girls" I regularly need your help !! aahhhhhh get me out of here.

    What has the firm come to ????

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  • It will be another Canary Wharf office, they will get bored with it in a few years, and bring the jobs back here but at lower pay and conditions.

    Deals will be put at risk because they couldn't contact someone and print that vital document or bill a client, its not like they will be able to just run down stairs like they can now, be a shame if A&O lost work because of this.

    Well as Wim says, its only business, maybe its time for a new Magic Circle law firm, one who's board are free thinkers rather than the ones now who are following like sheep.

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  • Belfast may not be such an exciting place in the eyes of many London City lawyers, yet much of the turmoil in the legal market was created by themselves. And I dare say that whereas London had slowly lost its 'Britishness'''at least NI has retained some of its own identity. And it has a positive vibe. But I assume real London based pale-faced lawyers with posh accents acquired through many years of social climbing would view that differently.

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  • 1. It's a business. If you don't want the business you work for to act like a business, then why are you there? At least don't act surprised.
    2. Hundreds of other businesses do something similar and don't suffer any quality problems. (DLA has had a central phone number for ages).
    3. Belfast is a great place. If you can, move there. You'll have a much higher quality of life.
    4. @ Miss Moneypenny. Which is not to say that A&O management could not have handled this better. You deserve better information after 28 years.

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  • @PtL | 9-Feb-2011 10:21 am
    Point 3 overlooks the fact that the salaries will doubtless be rockbottom, it's hard to survive anywhere when you barely get paid enough to cover living costs nevermind have a higher quality of life.

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  • @IHateBPP
    I'm no employment lawyer, but if staff from London do accept the move to Belfast, do they have to accept a pay cut?

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  • I am absolutely disgusted that people who are supposedly educated hold these views of the Northern Irish. The province has a much better education system than that of England and regularly produces extremely professional and capable individuals. I would imagine that those who claim not to understand the accent already have their minds made up about those of us hailing from the province and merely fail to listen as soon as we open our mouths. I have often defended the English to friends in NI who are of the opinion that everyone here holds this view. I sincerely hope the comments here reflect the views of the idiotic minority. I myself have lived here for five years and I am appalled to come across what is essentially racism after so long. It is terrible that A&O's London employees are clearly going to lose out here but Belfast will certainly not be a mistake.

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  • @PtL | 10-Feb-2011 3:01 pm
    I'm not sure either, although I'm almost certain that I read that A&O will be enforcing, no doubt substantial, pay cuts for those who relocate.

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  • A&O always has a nice code for its greed-based decisions. It says its doing it because it "values our people" and this is literally true. The ranks of "our people" consist solely of Morley and his bag carriers and everybody else isn't "our people". Simples!

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  • Well the plot ever thinkens at A&O.
    NO REDUNDANCIES they say - well the incentive to go is nothing at all !! so what is the choice...... voluntary redundancy.....
    If you call a one way plane ticket, with a 2 week stay in a rented flat and then you are on your own helpful then great.
    The much talked about 8k incentive is only payable in 2 chunks - 4k after 6 months, and another 4k after a year..... wooppeee I can hear the screams of excitment from Liverpool Street.
    The point is they don't want anyone to go ! simple as that.
    Why can't A&O be honest about what they are doing......

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