Simmons & Simmons has made eight lawyers and 19 service staff redundant following ;a ;three-year review of its wage bill.
The drive led to cuts in the IT and secretarial teams over the three years. A review of fee-earners saw eight associates leave, 35 lawyers sent on secondment and 15 lawyers, including two partners, relocated to the Middle East and Russia.
A ;Simmons ;source denied that either move was part of a redundancy consultation, but admitted: “Over the last 12 months we’ve been looking at ways to manage our fee-earners headcount and getting fee-earners where you have increased client needs.”
The lawyer redundancies are understood to have been in London and were spread across the practice groups.
The non-lawyer departures included up to 12 secretaries, the equivalent of around 10 per cent of the total, and nine IT employees from a total of around 40.
Also, some 25 staff in the post and print rooms were outsourced to an external services provider.
Managing partner Mark Dawkins ;said: ;“We’ve invested £25m in the firm’s systems and we’ve been looking for ways to get some payback from that.”