Cuts and redundancies

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 […]

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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. […]


Clifford Chance enters City redundancy consultation

Clifford Chance is to run a redundancy scheme in London, in a move affecting a number of its support functions. The firm will offer a mix of voluntary and compulsory redundancies between now and June across its legal support secretary, document production and mail room groups in London. Around 44 to 73 roles are likely […]

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Redundancies at Mundays after Knights’ acquisition

Mundays is parting ways with members of its business services function following its purchase by listed firm Knights, The Lawyer has learned. It is understood that more than 20 people spanning operational ranks in HR, IT, marketing, secretarial and support will be let go. Sources told The Lawyer that the decision was communicated internally within […]


Linklaters begins UK redundancy round

Linklaters has launched a voluntary redundancy programme for all of its London secretaries and PAs. A total of 225 legal secretaries and business team PAs have been given the opportunity to take voluntary redundancy. Linklaters confirmed that there are no target for the number of employee cuts and no compulsory redundancies. In a statement, the […]


MoFo concludes London redundancy consultation

Morrison & Foerster has completed a redundancy process in its London office, after cutting its US business services workforce by 4 per cent in the last few weeks. The firm has cut four roles in its City outpost, mostly pertaining to support staff. A total of 34 roles were lost in the US. A spokesperson […]