Hiring and firing

Widespread redundancies of both lawyers and support staff reared their particularly ugly head again over the past week or two.

This week Bevan Brittan and Trowers and Hamlins followed Berwin Leighton Paisner Osborne Clarke, Wragge & Co and DWF in launching redundancy consultations.

Read today’s pithy opinion article on the topic from Al Giles, Axiom’s EMEA and Asia managing director, who argues that far from the law firm model being broken and the industry flat-lining, growth is alive and well and is simply, “hidden in the long shadows cast by the traditional paradigm that has (until now) defined the industry”.

Elsewhere this edition of The Lawyer Management also has news of the man spearheading Bird & Bird’s new HQ move. For years the technology firm has been one of the most expansionist in the City but until now that’s generally meant it has been busy opening up shop in far flung places like the Baltic. Not this week.

TwoBirds is to take up residence in one of the largest pre-lets that Great Portland Estates has ever handled, news that should be a solid morale builder for the firm and a sign that its operational teams are going to be kept hugely busy for the next few years, at least according to Bird & Bird’s COO John Drake.

And here are some of The Lawyer’s latest briefings, including a guide to dealing with metadata by Workshare and Informant on managing business intelligent reporting.

Matt Byrne
Feature editor