Taylor Wessing to put 96 secretarial roles in redundancy consultation

Taylor Wessing is set to put nearly 100 London roles in redundancy consultation as part of a restructuring of its secretarial function.

Tim Eyles
Tim Eyles

All 96 secretaries in the firm’s City headquarters will enter consultation shortly, with the process lasting 30 days.

The firm expects that 26 staff will be made redundant as a result, but some of these secretaries could remain at the firm by taking positions elsewhere in the firm.

Taylor Wessing operates a flat secretarial structure, with the 96 positions serving the whole firm including partners, associates and senior support staff, covering areas including document management, diary management and telephone answering.

Managing partner Tim Eyles said in a statement: “The realisation of our strategy is dependent on us ensuring that all areas of our business are structured with a view to providing the best and most efficient service possible to our clients. The redesign of our secretarial support is driven by that focus.”

The news follows a similar exercise carried out by Slaughter and May, which cut 32.7 full-time equivalent jobs in its secretarial function following a redundancy consultation resulting from the impact of technology on law firm operations (7 November 2012).

The news was first reported on Roll on Friday.