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Wragge & Co has put up to 30 full-time equivalent support staff at risk of being made redundant in London and Birmingham.
Wragges today confirmed that it was planning to restructure the support team.
Under the proposed structure, new document production centres and concierge hubs will be managed by a third-party provider Intelligent Office, it said.
Following the completion of the restructure, the firm will begin a series of TUPE consultations with a view to transferring its support staff and facilities teams to the new provider.
“We will be doing what many firms have done,” commented managing partner Ian Metcalfe. “It brings a more efficient turnaround of documentation, and enables those in PA roles to develop to become more focused on clients, business development and project management demands.
Yesterday (7 May) Metcalfe informed staff in the firm’s Birmingham office, before traveling down to London to break the news to its staff in the City.
“We’re only just entering into the consultation period. Inevitably we’re piecing together a jigsaw of people in different practice groups and categories. Only when we’ve done that will we know roughly what headcount will be involved in redundancies.”
He continues: “We hope to start the consultation next week or the week after. We want to be fair to people, but don’t want them to feel they’ve been unfairly rushed into decisions.”
Metcalfe insists that there will be no redundancies among the firm’s legal professionals. “The people put at risk are in the secretary and PA community. Business is extremely busy from a legal perspective. We’re positive about the immediate future – this isn’t a reaction to poor trading but quite the reverse. It’s driven by a desire to bring 21st century working practices into our business.”