Kimbells puts some staff on four-day week

Milton Keynes firm ­Kimbells has told lawyers in three of its departments to move to a four-day week, putting trainees at risk of missing qualification dates.

One trainee is understood to have contacted the Solicitors Regulation Authority and was told that working part-time could mean they would not qualify within the usual two-year period.

Kimbells sent a letter to fee-earners in its property, corporate and commercial practices saying they would be required to work part-time in order to prevent more redundancies. Associates and support staff were laid off following a June redundancy consultation.

The move will affect four of Kimbells’ 11 partners, as well as three associates and three trainees, who will all take 20 per cent pay cuts.

Kimbells has also put the entire corporate team on two weeks’ unpaid leave in the run-up to Christmas.