Wragge & Co launches redundancy consultation with 30 at risk

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    'A number of former Bevan Brittain back office staff are to be made redundant just three months after transferring to outsourcing company Intelligent Office UK.
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    In a statement confirming the numbers, the firm stressed that Intelligent Office UK is "looking to find opportunities elsewhere in the business with an ideal outcome of zero compulsory redundancies," adding that the total of thirteen voluntary redundancies "might reduce depending on discussions that are ongoing and will be concluded later this week."
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    Back office functions at Bevan Brittan including secretarial work, document production, print and mail room, front of house and records management were taken on by Intelligent Office UK at the end of last year, with CEO Andrew Manning saying at the time that the firm needed to "evolve the traditional operating model of a law firm."

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  • The next step........ redundancies by IO after the TUPE stage and the use of virtual legal secretaries, the work will be shipped out by IO to low paid employees who of course will be happy to do the work and no doubt Wragges would have been shown statements of happiness from these individuals. Don't forget they won't be 'Overseas'...............pitched the sales talk and been bought hook line and sinker!

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  • Any kind of change of this size is always painful and I'm sure it's being done as sensitively as possible. This isn't 'outsourcing' though - it's cultural change. The key to its success is the firm working closely with Intelligent Office and not setting them up for failure. If it's led right by the firm, it can (and has been in other places) be highly successful.

    I can think of many examples where 'outsourcing' (which everyone seems to use as a generic kneejerk to any level of change in working processes) has worked very well - for firms much, much larger than Wragges. Linklaters successfuly use a combination of offshoring and onshoring; A&O do the same (and I've worked at both firms); in all cases, the desire to make it work has been the key.

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  • “We will be doing what many firms have done,” commented managing partner Ian Metcalfe.

    There once was a time when Wragge & Co had a unique culture and didn't simply do what other firms did. Their unique culture appears to have been lost, or worse abandoned, with the firm seemingly unable to determine it's own course.

    The move to IO will see a shift from a healthy symbiotic relationship between fee earners and support staff to one that is disparate and disjointed. It is shortsighted at best and will ultimately destroy the morale of the vast majority of the current employee base.

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  • @Anonymous | 9-May-2013 5:23 pm..so as far as you are concerned it is 'cultural change' and not outsourcing to TUPE the vast majority of your support staff to IO?

    Seriously.....

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  • I'm assuming that the 'anonymous' folk are employees of Wragges in which case if I were Ian Metcalf I'd be asking why they were blogging all afternoon! I picked up 2 new clients this avo when all this was going on. It's a dreadful read guys and not what I would have expected from Wragges.

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  • Wragge and Intelligent Office are successful businesses making a positive contribution to the UK economy. Is it fair or helpful for people to make disparaging remarks about both of them, on an open forum, without the full facts? I am sure they each make business decisions after considering all the facts and I am not sure any of us are in a position to undermine what they are doing.

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  • The matter is not being dealt with as senisbly as possible. The whole process is being dragged out and after the announcement on Tuesday people are still no clearer as to what is happening. Please spare a thought for all of the support staff that are having to endure the uncertainty and worry that this is causing and not knowing whether to "jump ship" now or wait to be transferred and then made redundant. Not the "ONE" attitude that they pride themselves on so much.

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  • Re Chester Lee Street | 9-May-2013 1:41 pm "a contract with IO will allow the firm to flex it's support cost" ...... "It's"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Maybe, just maybe, something "awesome" (IO?) might be useful for Chester Lee Street.

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  • Perhaps Wragges should take a look at what has happened in the US as well with outsourcing employees. For example, Circuit City, a company that had been successful for decades, is now bankrupt and defunct, because they felt outsourcing their support staff to IBM was a "sensible" business idea. And their talk of reducing redundancies by moving support staff to IBM was simply talk; most employees were laid off instead, rather than IBM having to compete with their current salaries. I would say Wragges is making a costly business decision, one which they may not live to regret.

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  • Apologies that my grammar is not up to scratch, I cry myself to sleep about this every night.
    On the other hand I laugh through most of the day as lawyers moan to the theme of "I wish it could be as it has always been".
    A open eyed view outwith the doors of your respective firms will find that the majority of businesses have had to abandon the way that things have been for many years prior to the downturn. We should be no different from our clients in exploring ways to become more efficient and cost effective, these ways may not always prove to be effective but it is better to try, than to moan that things are not like the once were as your firm goes down the tubes.
    The key difference to the majority of our clients who will be more open to change and effective at applying those changes is that the staff and management of those businesses will have varied skill sets, expertise and experiences to apply to their problems, whereas the management of law firms is often limited to legal ability at the expense of other complimentary skills.
    I will try to improve my grammar on future posts, thank you for you're feedback...

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  • Why don't they outsource the partners and keep the PA's and secretary's? Surely that will allow the PA's to develop much more easily and put the company in the vanguard of 21st century working practices.

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