Bond Dickinson has confirmed that up to 7 per cent of its support staff will be made redundant following a consultation process which began in July, The Lawyer can reveal.
The firm gave the estimated figure yesterday (Monday 12 August), following speculation from insiders that as many as 20 per cent of support roles were to go. A spokesperson insisted that less than half this amount – 7 per cent – could be impacted by redundancy.
Managing partner Jonathan Blair said: “Following the merger we have identified some new roles within the business but also inevitably some areas of duplication. We are consulting with those affected and our main priority is to focus on supporting them.”
A spokesperson said that if the proposals are accepted then approximately 7 per cent of support staff roles would be made redundant, with voluntary redundancy enhancements offered to all affected staff.
The news comes a week after the firm unveiled its combined turnover of £98.3m since its merger between Dickinson Dees and Bond Pearce went live on 1 May (5 August 2013). The turnover for both Bond Pearce and Dickinson Dees grew to £50.3m and £48m respectively, giving a total figure of £98.3m.
Since the merger, which was voted through by partners at both firms in December 2012 (6 December 2012), Bond Dickinson says it has picked up a number of new clients including Education Funding Agency and Colgate Palmolive.
The consultation process is ongoing and the firm did not want to comment further at the time of writing.