Wragge & Co launches redundancy consultation with 30 at risk

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  • These are tough economic times; so we are constantly reminded.

    Our thoughts should be with those who are having to endure this process, may it be handled as sympathetically as is possible to do so.

    To " the Client" perhaps a little bit more sympathy? A little light-heartedness? What is the harm in looking forward to a Friday drink? I assume the person in question intends to have this after their working day - why so appalled?

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  • Very sad for friends at Wragges. IO has to be one of the worst mistakes a number of firms have made. They are inefficient and create more work for the Fee Earners and PAs who are left ...... Big big mistake.

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  • I'm assuming 'the Client' is so appalled because at such a sensitive time for all concerned with this process, you have a member of staff who is seen as their peer and not affected making a statement for all to view that really should have been kept to themselves.

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  • The problem is Anonymous @9-May-2013 0:09 am, what this particular individual is refering to does not occur AFTER their working day!

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  • Is Wragges the new Eversheds? It only needs to move secretaries to South Africa and its finance function to India to have a full house.

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  • @Concerned Fee Earner (8-May-2013 3:25 pm) what a lovely 'One Team' attitude

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  • @Anonymous 8 May 7:52 pm - Given the comment by one of Wragge & Co's fee earners re Friday drinks with confirmation that this is in work time, topping that off with the fact that you have failed to reach your targets this year. This process is without doubt a knock on effect and therefore I fail to see why the original posters comment with regards to fee earners is moronic.

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  • This makes perfect sense, a contract with IO will allow the firm to flex it's support cost if it's income takes a hit, thus reducing its operational gearing ratio and reducing financial risk.

    We use IO and they are awesome, if some have a bad experience then that may be due to location, getting decent support level staff is easier in the provinces where wages for that level of salary are considerably easier to live off.

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  • Another company that has sold out to the sales talk, and yet another company that will learn that going through this process does not boost their bank balance. What is clear by so many other examples is that the FE's will have more work to do sorting out admin problems distracting them from Client care. I feel for the PA's that are left after the redundancies they will have increased ratios and they will be asked to continue to work as they are now even though parts of their work should be filtered down. We all know how hard it is to get FE's to change the way they work. As the earlier poster states, if anyone can cite an example where this works for a company of Wragge's size I'd be surprised.

    From my experience, IO have got their foot in the door by giving the initial consultation, I doubt whether anyone who provided them with the information on their day to day work got to see any of the results as they are massaged to look favourably on how IO can improve roles, then 6 months after the initial TUPE an announcement will take place that all support roles will be moved over.

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  • 'Across the firm there are 258 people working in a variety of support roles within eight support teams. Our single team approach means we understand the critical role these people play and they are recognised and rewarded accordingly.'
    Indeed.....

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