Finers and Howard Kennedy draw up new merger timetable

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  • The statement that there will be no reductions in work staff or redundancies is complete nonsense. Howard Kennedy are renowned for employing staff on rolling fixed term contracts with a view to running rough shod over their employment rights and getting rid of them at will.

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  • The funny thing is that Finers have a much more stream-lined firm than Howard Kennedy. The perception that Howard Kennedy ride rough shod is simply untrue. In reality, the firm should have had a tougher stance on fee earner performance which in some cases has not been good enough. I suspect that there will be some redundancies upon merger and from a commercial view-point, I'd be worried if I was a partner and there wasn't any.

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  • The previous commentator is missing the point made earlier. The temporary employment status of many HK employees is not related to performance, in fact the opposite in most cases. Their contract status is aimed purely at avoiding subsequent "non-renewals" as being termed as "redundancies" following merger (should it ever happen) which HK and Finers realise is a negative PR.

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  • re the previous comment, I'm not sure where you are getting your information from. there are a handful of fixed term contracts at hk in relation to property/plot sales work where the work really is project based. it would not be prudent to take on full time people for such roles. 93% of fee earners are full time.

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