Burmah job losses

THREE in-house lawyers have lost their jobs after the team was disbanded following the £83 million sale of Burmah's petrol retailing arm.

Burmah Petroleum Fuel's two solicitors and departmental head Nick Scott were not re-employed when the business was sold by parent company Burmah to the Frost Group.

The blow follows a period of uncertainty, first revealed by The Lawyer three weeks ago.

Scott has been retained temporarily to tie up the final details of the sale, but his two qualified staff, plus two secretaries, left when the deal was formally completed on 14 July.

A source close to the deal says Scott is “philosophical” but the axed lawyers, who had eight years' experience between them, had taken the move badly. “They are disappointed and upset because a good team had been built up.”

Frost's purchase of the Burmah business includes petrol stations, supply contracts and some administrative staff, and was announced last month.

The Swindon-based company's property team, who were also managed by Scott, were retained after the deal.

James Frost, chair of the Frost Group, says he doesn't want to “talk about redundancies”.