CMS and Dundas make 60 support roles redundant ahead of merger

CMS Cameron McKenna and Dundas & Wilson have cut 60 support roles ahead of their £277m merger this week.

Dundas has lost 40 support roles and CMS has cut 20 including from its third-party suppliers Integreon, Initial and Xerox (21 March 2014).

It is not the first time CMS has put support roles in consultation at its third-party outsourcer Integreon. The firm shut down part of its £600m facilities services arrangement with the provider last year (28 March 2013). However CMS and Dundas will continue its relationship with its Integreon and roll it out to its Scottish offices.

But it is the first formal redundancy consultation launched after partners at both firms agreed the £277m merger that will go live tomorrow (12 December 2013).

The move will see Dundas will leave its offices in Aberdeen and London to move in with CMS (25 April 2014). Partners at both firms are understood to have agreed a two-year partner lock-in period as a condition of the merger (27 January 2014). It is understood that all Dundas partners will join the first two tiers of CMS’ recently overhauled structure.

Commenting on the redundancies, a CMS spokesperson said: “There has been considerable work going on as we prepare for the combination of CMS with Dundas & Wilson on the 1 May.

“With any combination it is regrettably to be expected that there are some duplication of roles resulting in redundancy. While there is no reduction in the number of lawyers, we can confirm that as we anticipated about 60 support roles have been made redundant with two thirds of those roles within Dundas & Wilson and one third within CMS and its third party suppliers.”