Law Soc slashes staff as cost-cuts begin

The Law Society is beginning a programme of cost-saving redundancies, citing the results of a recent consultation as the catalyst.

The society’s representative side, which employs around 300 staff, has told 11 people that they are likely to be made redundant as well as freezing a further 12 posts which were due to be advertised.

It is understood that further redundancies are likely as the society continues a cost-cutting programme.

The cuts come as the Law Society examines the results of its “Have Your Say” consultation of the profession.

A Law Society spokesperson told The Lawyer that international services and the library will be cut to reflect solicitors’ opinions. Additionally the society is refocusing its law reform work to concentrate on issues directly affecting solicitors.

The spokesperson added: “There will undoubtedly be further changes as we develop and implement the model for the future work of the Law Society and become the leaner and more cost-efficient professional body that solicitors have said they want.”