Maclays becomes latest firm to start redundancy consultation

Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens has announced it is starting a redundancy consultation with legal and support staff, with up to 30 jobs at risk.

In a statement chief executive Chris Smylie said: “The last few years have not only been difficult in economic terms but have also been a period of extraordinary change for the legal profession. Our focus on developing profitable areas and opportunities for future growth remains a key priority.

“Whilst we very much regret having to propose these redundancies, they are a necessary part of the implementation phase of our recent strategic review and will ensure the firm is better positioned to meet the challenges of the new legal market.

“We will work closely with those affected, who will be offered an enhanced redundancy package and outplacement support.”

Speaking to The Lawyer, Smylie added that the redundancies were split roughly equally between legal and support staff, although exact numbers were uncertain as secretarial staff had been offered the option of voluntary redundancy packages.

No fee-earners in Aberdeen are affected, with the remaining affected fee-earners in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London and across a range of practice areas, particularly property and corporate.

Maclays made six lawyers and staff redundant from its private client team in Glasgow last year (20 July 2012).

The firm promoted two to its partnership this year (3 June 2013) and has hired lawyers from firms including collapsed rival Semple Fraser (8 March 2013), while also losing partners to Bond Pearce (17 December 2012) and Turcan Connell (15 November 2012).