Eversheds staff face axe if outsourcing pilot successful

Further support staff roles could be cut at Eversheds if a documentation outsourcing scheme is implemented at the firm.

In mid-May, Eversheds launched a pilot in Cambridge with the ultimate aim of outsourcing its standard documentation processing. The firm will review the scheme in mid-July.

If management gives the scheme the go-ahead the firm could cut further support staff jobs. Outsourcing company Exigent has been selected to run the pilot.

As part of the pilot, Eversheds is trialling a new personal assistant role to give partners support in client relationship management, marketing and business development, finance and general administration.

Although Eversheds declined to comment on the number of production staff that could be affected if the scheme were implemented, a spokesperson confirmed that 10 employees in the Cambridge office were not needed for the duration of the pilot.

Last year Eversheds laid off a number of lawyers and support staff when it closed its Norwich office.