Pinsent Masons cuts 47 jobs in post-merger redundancies

Pinsent Masons has completed its post-merger redundancy consultation among support staff, with 47 losing their jobs.

Pinsents began the redundancy consultation in June (25 June 2012) when around 40 back office staff were expected to lose their jobs. The firm said the consultation was a result of its merger with Scottish firm McGrigors, which created duplicate roles.

Forty of the redundancies were voluntary and seven were compulsory. The firm declined to comment on redundancy packages offered.

In a statement, a spokesman for Pinsents said: “Over the last few months our support teams have reviewed how they could best structure their departments in order to serve the needs of our merged business. Consequently there was some duplication in roles and we identified a number of potential redundancies.

“We can confirm that 47 members from across the UK will leave the firm as a result of the restructuring process […] We’ve offered all leavers outplacement support as part of the consultation process.

“This has obviously been an unsettlingly time for all of those involved and we’re very sorry to have to see colleagues go. We’d like to thank our support teams for the patience and professionalism they’ve shown during this process.”

Pinsents and McGrigors merged on 1 May, creating a £282m firm (6 February 2012).