Slaughter and May is looking to cut some 28 secretarial staff out of a total team of 165 in London with the firm blaming the changing role of secretaries at law firms.
Slaughters told staff this morning that it had been reviewing its secretarial resource in London following technological advances that have allowed lawyers to be more independent in how they manage documents and communicate with clients.
A statement sent by the firm today read: “Regrettably, we have come to the conclusion that we will need to reduce our secretarial number.”
The firm expects that some 28 full-time equivalent roles will be cut from the 165-strong pool of secretaries in London. Slaughters aims to complete the redundancies by 31 December. The firm would not comment on the redundancy packages being offered.
According to executive partner Graham White, these will not be the first support staff redundancies made this year. Smaller scale cuts – in single figures – have been made within a couple of the firm’s specialised business services groups within the past months. White declined to comment which groups were affected, however, or on the number of jobs lost.