News UK Mills & Reeve staff band together to save jobs By The Lawyer 9 February 2009 23:57 13 December 2015 21:53 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 9 February 2009 at 10:05 Really putting themselves out Who wouldn’t opt to work four days a week given the choice? I like the way this is being portrayed as a selfless act, when really those cutting their hours probably welcome the change anyway,irespective of whether it means people get to keep their jobs as a result. Reply Link Anonymous 9 February 2009 at 10:46 Well done Mills & Reeve The post (Anonymous, 9 feb, 10.05AM) that suggests people reducing their hours to help one another are in some way slackers must be a very sad and mean spirited person (and if they were honest with themsleves probably just jealous they don’t work in a firm that would permit such a sensible move.) You’ve really got to be a bit twisted to suggest working together to save one another is a lazy and negative thing. Talk about repressed anger………. Reply Link Anonymous 9 February 2009 at 11:19 Really putting themselves out Let me guess, you work at Mills and Reeve? Hats off to you, it must be tough reducing you working week to four days. I wonder how many people would put themsleves forward to do an extra days work, if that what was necessary, in order to prevent redundancies? Reply Link Anonymous 9 February 2009 at 14:17 cool! I think this is impressive. Reply Link Gavin 9 February 2009 at 14:42 – It’s good to see things like this and hopefully the management will avoid making any staff cuts. I worked in a firm where we were given the choice of a three day week or redundancies, despite everyone agreeing to the three day week there were still redundancies made. Reply Link Anonymous 9 February 2009 at 15:14 Well done Really impressed by what MR and their staff have managed – good luck Reply Link Coco 9 February 2009 at 16:38 Wonderfully selfless! Maybe Anonymous doesn’t realise that a 4 days week as well as reduced working hours actually means reduced pay (a 20% salary reduction) and also a 20% reduction in holiday entitlement! I say this was a courageous and selfless act by all to help colleagues. We should be applauding those who are able to think of others during these challenging economic times. Reply Link Anonymous 9 February 2009 at 16:45 Agree with Anon go and work for a proper law firm and give Mills & Boon the salute. Reply Link Anonymous 9 February 2009 at 17:08 Idiots Nobody in their right mind is going to welcome a 20% salary reduction unless they have a genuine lifestyle reason for going 4 days a week. Even if they do people will only be too well aware that you usually end up simply doing your 5 days’ worth of work in 4 days and working until midnight the day before your “day off” (which will probably be spent in any event fielding calls and e-mails on your Blackberry). This is a completely legitimate way of saving jobs Reply Link Spoonman 9 February 2009 at 17:21 Say what now?! ‘ Date: 9-Feb-2009 @ 10:05 From: Anonymous Who wouldn’t opt to work four days a week given the choice? I like the way this is being portrayed as a selfless act, when really those cutting their hours probably welcome the change anyway,irespective of whether it means people get to keep their jobs as a result.’ Yeah I am sure they are so lazy that they will also be nonchalant about the 20% reduction in pay…your responce is so laced in synicism that you paint a stereotypical Disney picture of a cold hearted old bugger with no friends! What the good folks at Mills & Reeve are doing is truly taking one for the team and hats off to them! Reply Link Helen 9 February 2009 at 18:55 Very glad at least one law firm has gone this way I think this is how all the law firms should be playing things. Given the choice of 80% of salary or 0% of salary and limited job prospects it seems a no-brainer but most law firms do the uncreative thing. Well done Mills & Reeve and well done staff – you’ll get back to 5 days when things pick up. I’d go to 2 or 3 days rather than lose my job completely – as long as I can eat and pay the mortgage – it’s not forever, things will pick up. Reply Link Anonymous 10 February 2009 at 09:52 Agree with Anon you can’t spell cynicism no wonder they wanted to sack you! Reply Link Anonymous 10 February 2009 at 13:34 Oh my, a typo! Say it ain’t so! Date: 10-Feb-2009 @ 09:52 From: Anonymous you can’t spell cynicism no wonder they wanted to sack you! Grow up Reply Link Anonymous 10 February 2009 at 14:23 Dunce How you can blame that on a typo? S is nowehere near C on a keyboard Reply Link law student 11 February 2009 at 00:33 ‘S is no where near C on a keyboard’ Errrm actually, S is near C on the keyboard…. Reply Link Dicey 11 February 2009 at 12:36 Depends on the definition of ‘near’ Great to see our finest legal brains try and grapple with the problem of whether ‘c’ is near ‘s’ on the keyboard. Reminds me of the debate on the composition of the Magic Circle. Reply Link Euclides 12 February 2009 at 10:17 Near, and yet so far I have just measured the distance between the S and the C keys on my Logitech keyboard and the distance is 17mm, if measured from the top of each key. To fully understand the nature of this ‘nearness’ we need feedback from other lawyers with other kinds of keyboards to ascertain whether this is a widespread phenomenon. (Also, well done Mills & Reeve.) Reply Link Anonymous 12 February 2009 at 15:31 Well done M&R Great to see such loyalty and solidarity in such hard times – in most other places there would be a smear campaign against those taking the 4 day week… Oh and my S and C on my HP keyboard are 25mm apart. Reply Link Mr Anderson 13 February 2009 at 10:49 KPMG Apparently at KPMG 85% of staff have said they’d take a four day week. Why won’t lawyers do the same? Interestingly, the distance between S and C at accountancy firms is, on average, 10mm or less. Perhaps a symptom of accountants having smaller fingers less suited for grubby money-grabbing than lawyers? Just a thought. Reply Link Anonymous 13 February 2009 at 13:49 Greed Has someone forgotten that this restructuring is to help greedy partners maintain their profit sharing Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.