Blake Lapthorn launches second redundancy round

<a class=Blake Lapthorn launches second redundancy round” />Blake Lapthorn has announced a second redundancy consultation, with up to 30 additional members of staff facing the prospect of losing their jobs.

As reported on, last October the firm began consulting with 43 members of staff across its offices in London and the South East (2 October 2008). At the end of the consultation process a total of 33 people, including fee earners and support staff, lost their jobs.

The latest consultation again affects fee earners and support staff in London and the South East, with the real estate and corporate practices likely to bear the brunt of the cuts.

Managing partner Walter Cha said: “I know this further round of redundancies will be unsettling and we’ve not taken this course of action lightly.

“There has been a marked deterioration in the economy and the steps we’re taking will safeguard the longer term interests of the business and our remaining staff.

“Speaking with and supporting those of our staff involved is our top priority.”

The firm currently has 732 members of staff, including 384 fee-earners.

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