Parabis reviews future of Bristol and Colchester offices, affecting 41 staff

Parabis has begun a consultation affecting some 41 staff over the future of its Bristol and Colchester offices.

In a statement, the firm said it was seeking to rationalise its national network of offices to achieve “a better, more efficient match between teams and workloads”.

Group commercial director Tim Roberts said: “It is not unusual for a business such as ours which has inherited offices on multiple sites and at several locations as a result of merger to rationalise property holdings and concentrate teams where there is the highest workload and greatest client demand.

“Naturally, this affects some of our people very directly and their welfare is important to us. We are consulting fully and will be discussing options and opportunities. Where roles may be lost as part of this process we will help those affected all we can with their next move.”

A mixture of legal and support staff are affected and the firm is consulting with 23 staff in Bristol and 18 in Colchester.

Parabis said it was also working to consolidate its presence in cities where it had multiple sites, such as London.

The firm has expanded rapidly in the past few years (19 May 2014). In May last year Parabis bulked up its insurance offering when subsidiary defendant firm, Plexus Law, merged with Greenwoods to create a £90m practice (7 May 2013). Greenwoods subsequently lost its Aviva-dedicated personal injury team to DWF (11 October 2013).

Earlier this year Parabis hired former Pannone Connect2Law chief executive David Jabbari to launch a regional network of firms (5 February 2014).