Hill Dickinson has placed 39 roles within its counter fraud group at risk of redundancy, with the positions now subject to a 30-day consultation period that began yesterday (21 July).
Those affected include fee-earners and administrative support staff. A statement from the firm said: “It is anticipated a significant proportion of the departures will be through voluntary redundancies.”
Hill Dickinson attributed the cull to a 15 per cent increase in instructions in the counter fraud group over the past year, and said it needed to restructure and streamline processes in response to the increased workload.
Hill Dickinson head of fraud Peter Oakes said: “It is regrettable that we will lose some colleagues from the group as a result of this restructure. We appreciate this is a difficult time and we will be providing as much support and guidance as possible.”
Oakes continued to explain that the restructure would provide “an agile model” with which to approach what he termed an “evolving counter fraud environment”.
Hill Dickinson managing partner Peter Jackson said: “Generating efficiencies where possible enables us to invest throughout our business.”
Hill Dickinson cut 83 roles this time last year following a business review that kicked off in April 2013 (29 April 2013).
The firm ended up axing 69 staff, while 14 partner positions were affected.
News of the cuts was first reported by Roll on Friday yesterday (21 July).