Cuts and redundancies

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, BCLP

BCLP makes global cuts in business services

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) is cutting roles in its business services teams globally after an internal audit. The firm is making 47 of its business services positions redundant. The majority of the roles are based in the US with 34 people being made redundant across 17 of its offices in the country. A further […]

Dechert to make job cuts in London

A consultation process has begun in Dechert’s London office, as part of a global redundancy round that will affect 5 per cent of its workforce. In total, 98 individuals globally are impacted split between 55 lawyers and 43 business services professionals. While the firm did not provide a London breakdown of expected job cuts, a […]

Goodwin announces cuts across US offices

Goodwin Procter has kicked off a redundancy round that is to affect fee-earners, paralegals and other business services staff in its US offices. In an internal firm document viewed by The Lawyer, sent by chairman Robert Insolia and managing partner Mark Bettencourt, the firm attributed a slowdown in demand coupled with “staffing levels too high” […]

Reed Smith

Reed Smith ends consultation with 66 set to leave

Reed Smith has concluded a mammoth review of its administrative function, with a spate of voluntary redundancies happening in both the US and UK. The firm has parted ways with a total of 66 secretaries. In the US, 44 employees took voluntary redundancy, with 22 leaving in the UK. The consultation was part of a […]


Clifford Chance concludes redundancy consultation

Clifford Chance has concluded a redundancy consultation around its support functions, with 52 professionals set to depart the firm. Forty-three of them will leave as a result of voluntary redundancy. They pertain to teams such as secretarial, mail room, and document production. The process was first started in April. At the time, about 44 to […]

Dechert wraps redundancy process for City secretaries

Dechert has concluded a review of its secretarial function in London, with nine individuals taking voluntary redundancies. The nine people who took the opportunity included six part-time individuals and three full-time ones. They received an enhanced package and outplacement support upon leaving the firm. Meanwhile, the firm’s City office has restructured the secretarial function. The […]

Reed Smith

Reed Smith to offer voluntary redundancies in global secretarial review

Reed Smith is to review its admin function, in a process that will entail voluntary redundancies across its network. The firm has started a firmwide project called “Connectivity Initiative” that was launched in November 2020 to examine the effectiveness of its support function. As part of the process, the firm is offering a voluntary redundancy […]


Dentons cuts roles after business services consultation

Dentons has completed its business services consultation, resulting in over 60 voluntary redundancies. The consultation was launched at the beginning of the year and impacted up to 87 roles. Dentons confirmed that 67 employees (35 secretaries and 32 business services staff) opted for voluntary redundancy while two roles were cut. In addition, six secretaries and 14 […]

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie to make redundancies in business services

Baker McKenzie is making redundancies across its business services functions, The Lawyer understands. It is understood that the firm is in the process of parting ways with a number of senior regional heads across functions such as business support, operations and marketing. On the loss of the London comms roles, a Bakers spokesperson said: “In […]

redundancies as result of covid

Clydes cuts 29 secretarial roles in redundancy round

Clyde & Co has cut a number of its UK secretarial roles as it moves to a new ‘hub’ operating model, adding itself to the list for firms rethinking the legal support function. The firm has dispensed with the services of 29 out of 235 secretaries, marking a 12 per cent decrease, as a result […]

Dechert to make cuts after City secretarial review

Dechert has kicked off a voluntary redundancy scheme in its London office, as part of a wider restructuring of the secretarial function. The US firm is reviewing its secretarial support arm in the City and plans to turn the function into a hub model that will entail a set of specialist skills for its employees. […]