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Ashurst London support staff base to shrink by 120 roles

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  • "every staff member affected by the cuts has been offered the opportunity to relocate to the firm’s Glasgow base". What an opportunity!

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  • Wish they would send some of the lazy, wont work-cant work partners there. There are too many of them here!

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  • So public funding in Scotland is being used to fund a law firms back office function. To get this funding it has to move its back office function from London which results in redundancy. The world has gone mad.

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  • "The firm’s Glasgow office, which has been in operation for over a month...."

    So a great opportunity to relocate to an established office then, yes?!

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  • I don't think the world has gone mad. Glasgow wants the jobs so it, like many cities and countries around the world, provides incentives to attract employers. Ashurst, like many firms around the world, needs to reduce its cost base and work smarter and therefore looks at options to do both. This and the new approach to legal process it is pursuing are good to see: hats off for having the guts. Better that the firm figure out its long term business model and therefore keep itself going for the greater number of people. Redundancies hurt, but law firms aren't charities, and the sooner the folks who work in them realise that, the better.

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  • and MacAshambles

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  • This is the thin end of the wedge and they won't be the last to adopt this strategy.
    Whilst I have sympathy for those losing their jobs, they may as well realise that this is going to continue.
    Technology means that there is a large part of a city of the business of a City law firm that doesn't need to involve City wages and overheads.
    Other law firms offices will be put under pressure to adopt a similar model and surely it is only a matter of time before some savvy firms decide to significantly reduce office space in the City so it is only for those with genuine client facing roles with the grunt fee earning work being carried out elsewhere in lower overhead locations on the outer fringes of London.
    Croyden town centre is looking forward to an upturn in lunchtime business though.

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  • It makes perfect business sense to relocate jobs out of the City where rent, salaries and the cost of living is significantly less. Working in a support role in a law firm, the quality of life available in Glasgow compares very favourably to what that funds in London.

    Yet it's shameful that public money is being used to support what is, in effect, a cost-cutting measure for a business that can well afford to implement it on its own.

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  • It's refreshing that a law firm is taking a corporate approach to how it does business. One of the most frustrating things I had to put up with whilst I worked in the legal sector was seeing the criminal waste of money with onsite working. A finance business analyst doesn't need to be in the office 5 days a week, just like most HR or finance people. Hell, the lawyers don't need to be in all the time.

    Remote working cuts real costs out of the business and allows people to actively add value (not that law firms really understand what that is). Those who embrace modern work approaches will be those who can respond to clients and make money more effectively. Anyone who clings to the past, with fixed working hours and shunning open plan working, will ultimately fail.

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