CMS launches redundancy consultation with 40 jobs at risk

CMS Cameron McKenna has today launched a review of its UK and CEE business that has placed 40 roles in the UK at risk of redundancy.

Duncan Weston
Duncan Weston

The roles are a mix of legal, legal support and secretarial roles and cover most of the UK business. They include 26 lawyers in the UK.

In a statement CMS’ UK managing partner Duncan Weston said: “Clearly this is not a decision that we take lightly but we take it in the best interests of delivering sustained, competitive success.

“There are long-term and short-term reasons for the review. In the long-term, we continue to work in an environment where law firms need to ensure that they are the right size and shape to meet the needs of business going forward. Short-term, we need to manage efficiently in what remains a tough market.”

The firm broke the news to its staff this morning. A spokesperson for the firm said in the CEE the roles coming out of the business would be a mixture of redundancies, termination of contract and non-replacement of position.

In the 2008/09 financial year CMS made 73 redundancies but also launched a reduced working scheme which allowed staff to be put on four-day weeks or two-week sabbaticals.