Pinsent Masons axes 15 jobs in second redundancy round of 2012

Pinsent Masons has made a further 15 redundancies at the end of its second round of job cuts in under a year.

The firm confirmed that it had reached the end of a month-long consultation period. It is the second part of a review of its support staff following its merger with Scottish firm McGrigors (6 February 2012).

A spokesman confirmed that 15 members of staff from across the UK will leave the firm, with 13 voluntary and two compulsory redundancies. The jobs will go in the finance and knowledge management teams (8 November 2012).

The merger went live on 1 May and the following month management began to sort out job duplication to streamline the support structures for the new-look business. It cut 47 jobs among its business development, IT, HR and facilities staff in the summer (24 August 2012).

This second round of redundancies is expected to be the last.

A spokesman for Pinsent Masons said: “In November we began the second phase of our review that looked at how our support teams can best service the merged firm. The review is now complete and we can confirm that 15 members from across the UK will leave the firm as a result. Of these, 13 were voluntary and two were compulsory redundancies.

“We understand that this has been a difficult time for those involved, and would like to again thank our support teams for their professionalism during both redundancy processes.”

Meanwhile, Kennedys continues to consult on plans to axe up to 72 support staff in its finance department.

The firm confirmed that discussions were underway in October and that “five or six dozen” roles had been put on notification (18 October 2012).

Today, a spokesman for the insurance firm said: “The consultation is ongoing and there’s nothing further to report at this stage.”