Eversheds curbs travel in bid to cut costs

<a class=Eversheds curbs travel in bid to cut costs” />Eversheds has called on its staff to restrict the amount they travel in a bid to cut down costs.

The move comes after Clifford Chance earlier this year curbed the use of taxis as part of a belt tightening exercise (TheLawyer.com, 26 February).

Eversheds financial director Claire Hafner said the firm’s new cost-cutting initiative suggests that staff should, where possible, use video and telephone conferencing opposed to meeting face to face to reduce travel expenses.

“We, by introducing our travel plan, are adapting our business practices in line with our clients expectations in the current economic climate,” said Hafner. “Our clients in the City have been using these techniques for a while and it is time that we as law firms modernise our approach to communications and Eversheds is taking the lead”.

The news comes just weeks after the firm announced it was to make up to 33 real estate lawyers plus related support staff redundant firm-wide and close its Norwich office moving the remaining staff to Cambridge (TheLawyer.com, 4 September).