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Up to 20 partners at CMS Cameron McKenna are thought to be under threat as the firm steps up its consultation process ahead of a partnership restructure.
Several partners, including at least one practice group head, are expected to leave the firm, with yet more being de-equitised as the firm seeks to address declining profits.
A performance review involving every Camerons partner began late last year with the final decision on the shape of the firm expected to emerge next month.
The firm refused to comment on the process, but it is understood that the names of some of those leaving the partnership are already known internally.
Camerons is thought to have retained Farrer & Co as counsel ahead of any potential legal action resulting from the restructuring.
The news comes shortly after the details of the firm’s outsourcing deal with Integreon became clear, with 9 per cent of its support staff facing redundancy and 21 per cent potentially relocating to Bristol or India (25 January 2011).