Cuts and redundancies

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WFW cuts 12 PA roles after consultation process

Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has made 12 of its legal PAs redundant, following a consultation earlier in the month. WFW confirmed it has cut 12 roles due to the switch to remote working during the Covid-19 pandemic. In April, the firm furloughed 49 non-fee-earners in the UK and suspended partner distributions. Some staff also had their salaries […]

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Freeths to cut 80 roles in redundancy process

National firm Freeths is to start a redundancy consultation across its offices, the latest firm to announce such plans as a result of Covid-19. The firm expects to cut around 80 roles across its 13 UK locations, including both lawyers and professional support staff. News of the process was delivered by chairman Colin Flanagan in […]

London

BCLP launches City redundancy round with 40 roles at risk

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has launched a redundancy consultation across several jurisdictions, with the firm also set to close its office in Beijing. The merged firm has said it will cut lawyer and business services roles as part of new belt-tightening measures. In London, this includes 14 fee-earners and 26 staff in business services. […]

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WFW to cut roles in London

Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) is set to make a number of its legal PAs redundant, following the switch to remote working during the Covid-19 pandemic. The firm confirmed today that it has started a redundancy consultation with legal PAs in London, though it did not state how many. In April, the firm furloughed 49 […]

DWF Manchester

Further cuts expected as DWF launches UK redundancy process

After providing the City with a trading update this morning, DWF is now entering the early stages of a consultation process in its UK operations. The consultation affects professional staff in its business services division. It is understood that the exercise puts around 15 to 18 positions at risk. The latest set of redundancies follows significant […]

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Covid-19 forces BLM to kick off redundancy consultation

BLM has entered redundancy negotiations as it seeks to stave off the financial threat posed by the Covid-19 crisis. Employees in the costs and business development and marketing teams are set to leave the firm, with approximately 20 roles being made redundant. So far, a total of 170 members of staff have been furloughed at […]

DWF Manchester

DWF to close two international offices in cost-cutting drive

DWF is to shut two of its international offices and downsize others, in a move that will see 60 people leave the business. The listed firm will be closing its outposts in Singapore and Brussels, reducing also the number of staff in Dubai and Cologne. As a result, around 60 individuals are expected to be […]

hong kong

Proskauer to trim Hong Kong headcount after strategic review

US firm Proskauer Rose has become the latest firm to make redundancies in Hong Kong as its office lease runs out. Proskauer is understood to be cutting the number of is Hong Kong-based fee-earners in half following a year of disruptions and challenges brought by the pro-democracy protests and the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Hong […]

Stephenson Harwood to make Hong Kong redundancies after strategic review

Stephenson Harwood is pushing for major changes in its Hong Kong office following the recent announcement to shut down its Beijing office. The firm is cutting back on partners and associates in Hong Kong under the new leadership of Greater China managing partner Jamie Stranger. It is understood that around six partners and 20 associates […]

Reed Smith poised for job cuts as firm reveals further Covid-19 measures

Reed Smith is starting a redundancy consultation process in London, one of a number of new measures introduced by the firm as it battles the consequences of Covid-19 on its business. The process will target what it describes as a “small number” of lawyers and staff in the firm’s City office. The Lawyer understands it will […]

Italy

Italian firm makes redundancies in Covid-19 cost-cutting drive

Independent Italian outfit Pavia e Ansaldo has carried out redundancies and taken new financial measures, with law firms in the country still reeling from the long lockdown period. The firm has made redundant a series of professionals that includes one of counsel and four associates, as well as one trainee and two interns. The firm […]