White & Case lays off 400 in latest job cut round

White & Case announced today it was laying off around 200 associates and 200 administrative and business support staff from its global network.

White & Case lays off 400 in latest job cut roundWhite & Case announced today it was laying off around 200 associates and 200 administrative and business support staff from its global network.

The cuts, among the largest so far announced by a US law firm, follow a strategic review at White & Case which also included an evaluation of its partnership.

In a statement released today, White & Case added that the latter evaluation would result “in a reduction in the number of partners, commensurate with current and anticipated business needs”.

A firm spokesman said it was not yet clear how many partners would be asked to leave the firm but that it would be “proportionate” with the laying off of 200 associates.

White & Case Chairman Hugh Verrier (pictured) said: “I greatly regret having to take these actions. The decision was made only after a very careful review of our business. I believe these measures provide the best way forward to meet the challenges we face today and to ensure the firm’s long-term success.”

White & Case is also deferring the start date of approximately 60 per cent of this year’s incoming associate class in the US until 2010. Incoming associates who are not deferred will join White & Case on 2 November, 2009.