A Bakers staffer bids farewell to the office
Baker McKenzie has made a number of positions in its business services team redundant, including some senior roles.
The restructuring had been "handled poorly" an insider told RollOnFriday. Senior heads in the firm's business services team are "leaving in very short time frames with little notice to wider teams”. The source added that the redundancies were "very unsettling" and “promises of transparency are not being fulfilled.”
“In seeking to consolidate and create better alignment across our professional business services teams, we have reviewed the structure of a small number of functions. In a very limited number of cases, this has resulted in some roles in London being made redundant," a spokesman for the firm told RollOnFriday.
"We are working closely with those affected to ensure that they are well supported," said the spokesman. "Throughout this process we have been communicating as openly and transparently as possible whilst being mindful of supporting the small number of individuals concerned."
The firm would not comment on the exact number of staff affected.
In January, Norton Rose Fulbright set about making 132 redundancies, 111 of which were non-fee-earners. RollOnFriday revealed in October that Fieldfisher was cutting secretaries, and in November that CMS and Clyde & Co were making cuts, along with Gately and Squire Patton Boggs. In March, Linklaters offered all 225 of its secretaries voluntary redundancy. While in April CC axed dozens of support staff.
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