Clifford Chance launches London redundancy consultation

Magic Circle law firm Clifford Chance has kicked off a redundancy consultation in London that puts 73 roles at risk.

The firm said the mix of voluntary and compulsory redundancies would affect support staff in its secretarial, document production unit and mail room in London.

A spokesperson said 44 to 73 roles could be affected and said they hoped the voluntary scheme would reduce the number of compulsory redundancies.

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“Following a thorough review of our UK operations looking at the impact of Covid and accelerating technological change, we have identified some areas where we need to make changes,” the firm’s UK managing partner Michael Bates said. 

“Sadly, these proposals will also result in the departure of some of our valued colleagues. This is never an easy decision, and not one that we have taken lightly.”

A raft of law firms have made cuts to their business services staff since the start of the pandemic and widespread working from home.

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Last month Linklaters offered redundancy to all of its London secretaries with 225 secretaries and personal assistants offered an exit package.

The move followed a new policy where the firm said its lawyers would only have to come into the office 50% of the time.

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