Deacons slashes Hong Kong numbers

Australian firm Deacons has axed 21 staff in its Hong Kong office.

Five assistants in its commercial department have been asked to leave the firm and 16 secretaries have been laid off as part of the move.

The firm’s Hong Kong managing partner Lyndsay Esler told The Lawyer that the fee-earner job losses followed a performance review and should not be viewed as redundancies. He added that the firm is in the process of hiring three intellectual property lawyers and two commercial lawyers.

Earlier in the month Hong Kong’s largest law firm Johnson Stokes & Master announced measures to cull its headcount and employees’ salaries with effect from 1 June. The firm refused to confirm the numbers affected but one internal source said that around 10 lawyers have been made redundant.