Pre-merger Howard Kennedy to cut 10 support staff roles

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  • This firm has bleeted on about Transparency for the last 18 months yet reading this news in the lawyer was the first that anyone knew about this, apart from the unfortunate people who are in consultation.
    Maybe there will be announcement in the weekly blog!!!

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  • Strange comment from the first post. The firm, as well as being transparent, which it now is, also needs to be commercial. The management have taken a sensible decision to reduce costs and they have gone about the process correctly by informing those in consultation. HK has an overstaffed support side and it is about time that it addressed this issue. I also hope that the combined firm, upon merger, trims some of its fee earner headcount - there will be some duplications and there certainly are some fee earners around the edges who are not producing. Again, commercial sense.

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  • @Anonymous | 23-Nov-2012 9:55 am
    Presume this is a comment from Dembovsky. No matter what you may say, HK is clearly not transparent if people who work there did not know about the latest redundancy round.

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  • are you mad? how can you tell the firm there's going to be a redundancy round without informing those directly implicated first?

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  • The second comment was obviously not from Dembovsky who would certainly not hide behind a comment. The firm is more transparent whatever way you look at it. Perhaps the management thought it would be kinder to let those facing consultation find out first and digest the news rather than make a massive firm wide announcement to those it doesn't concern. These are people's livelihoods we are talking about not a bit of gossip to be shouted about

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  • Absolutely amazed that only those 'In the know' were made aware of these redundancies, surely the staff (as a whole) should of been informed of this round of redundancies and the knock on effect this will have prior to merger rather than hear it from The Lawyer or office gossip. HK being 'Transparent' is laughable given the history of how they treat their staff, nothing will ever change merger or no merger with those in charge pulling the strings. Changes at that level clearly need to be made.

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  • re. Are you mad? They have done it before, previous redundancy rounds were dealt with in exactly that way. Everyone informed in a room that there would be redundancies and if you were one of those up for redundancy you would have an email when you got back to your desk. Please do not give the impression that this is a caring firm, never has been and never will be merger or no merger.

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  • @anon 11.59
    In exactly what same way?! No one was taken to a room to wait for an email in front of everyone. It was done discreetly to obviously preserve people's feelings. At least this time round the management were present and not on a golf course! I suppose you think those affected should have been paraded in front of the firm in aid of transparency without a thought to how that may make them feel?

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  • I think you have misread my post, previous redundancies were dealt with via email after meetings (as you know). Dealing with them the way that HK have done now has only led to office gossip of the 'Who is it' variety and for the majority of staff to find out via a publication is appalling. If it was made clear to all staff that redundancies were due to take place, basically a message mirroring Dembovsky's statement to 'The Lawyer' it would have stopped the idle gossip. As someone who is obviously in a position at HK maybe a message should be communicated to the remaining staff that are not aware of this rather than hearing it from Joe Bloggs from front office.

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  • No surprise, the staff have always been an inconvenience for HK, one of the worst reputations for how they treat their employees. Management is beyond shocking, some of the goings on in the firm would make your toes curl.

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  • It is correct that in a previous round of redundancies, everyone was put in a room and then when you got back to your desk, if you had an email you were up for redundancy. But then, in the last round of redundancies earlier this year, affecting partners and one senior associate, HK changed tack and decided that rather than just tell those involved, they would send a firmwide email naming all of those affected. So those poor individuals were indeed paraded in front of the firm - nice and discreet and caring.

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  • nice to see the recruitment/head-hunting industry has time on its hands this afternoon to post disruptive comments. the disgusting way it goes around trying to dislodge people is the only thing that makes toes curl!

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  • I'd be very worried if I was a fee earner at HK right now re the comment at 9.55am, obviously someone who knows the plan of action;

    'I also hope that the combined firm, upon merger, trims some of its fee earner headcount - there will be some duplications and there certainly are some fee earners around the edges who are not producing. Again, commercial sense.'

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  • True. So they learnt from being too transparent and still get kicked for trying to do the right thing? Is there any winning when it comes to the awful reality of redundancies? Of course not. Unless you have a better idea?

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  • Unbiased point of view here as I don't work in this industry. Redundancies should be made aware to "ALL" employees first, they shouldn't have to read it in the press. It's not rocket science!!!

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  • Micky Mouse firm

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  • This firm beggers belief. Hope they don't get rid of too many staff as I am in no doubt they will have trouble recruiting anybody to join them!

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  • There are no 'recruitment/head-hunters posting disruptive comments' these comments are the truth and maybe are proving a bit hard to swallow, shambles.

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  • Good luck FSI!

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  • The reputation of this firm will always be in ruins due to appalling treatment of staff. Current management aren't getting it right. Good luck FSI!

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