Gloucester-based BPE Solicitors has put 13 members of staff, including three salaried partners, on a four-day week.
Senior partner John Workman (pictured) said the firm’s equity partners took the decision to cut the working week to stem losses from its commercial, property and corporate practices. Workman said slashing hours was preferable to making widespread redundancies at a later stage.
“We have some great people here – either we lose several of them or go for a four-day week,” he said.
“Our vision statement says we are committed to and respectful of our people and we want to stand by that by getting to the other side [of the recession] with as little casualties as possible. It’s the right thing to do.”
BPE counts commercial insurance broker Jelf Group and social housing repairs company Mears Group among its clients.