Outplaced out

Outplaced outOutplacement is the word of the month this chilly October. Lawyers have come to expect that if they are made redundant, their firms to find them new jobs.

Big British firms are even exporting the practice to the US. Clifford Chance offered outplacement services for the 20 litigation lawyers it axed this month (see story).

But a shiny new job is still not a 100 per cent certainty for everyone.

Memery Crystal has laid off two fee earners in its corporate department following a round of redundancies, as well as two full-time positions in its information and know-how department and three support staff, one of whom was working part-time.

When questioned on whether Memery Crystal had an outplacement scheme for the four staff made redundant this week, managing partner Harvey Rands said: “I think a few have found new jobs.”

Outplacement might be the word of the month, but not everybody is using it.