Eversheds axes 31 lawyers

<a class=Eversheds axes 31 lawyers” />Eversheds is in the final stages of its first redundancy consultation and is expected to axe a total of 31 lawyers.

The consultation, which took place with 33 lawyers across the real estate group, also hit the litigation practice, with at least three associates specialising in property disputes being made redundant. The number of support staff laid off is yet to be confirmed.

The news comes just two days after Eversheds announced a second round of redundancies, which could see up to 45 lawyers and related staff losing their jobs (TheLawyer.com, 12 November ).

As part of the new consultation secretaries were being told that they were on the “at risk” list. One aggrieved poster on TheLawyer.com claimed that Eversheds had no consultation process for the 13 secretaries that are to be cut in the second round. The poster wrote: “to …top it off, will face an agonising wait till 15 December for confirmation that they are to be made redundant.”

An Eversheds spokesperson said: “We understand the concerns and feelings of the employees who may be affected and accept that they understandably may have views on the process and its outcomes.”

“Through the period of consultation, and respecting the confidentiality of all the people in the firm, we will have no further comment to make until the consultation has been completed.”

The consultation had been dubbed “Project August”, named after the month in which it started.