Eversheds extends redundancy talks
Eversheds has extended its redundancy consultation by a month, as it emerges that the number of potential job losses could be higher than initially expected. Eversheds first announced a 30-day redundancy consultation with the potential loss of 33 fee earners and a number of support staff in its real estate group last month (4 September). The 30-day extension means the consultation will run until the end of October with many in the market predicting that, including support staff, the total number of affected jobs could be higher than 33. Some of the planned job cuts stem from a decision by longstanding client Taylor Wimpey to reduce the number of external legal advisers it uses and to move work in-house. Camerons has also been affected by the Taylor Wimpey changes, with the housebuilder set to take on a six-member plot sales team of paralegals from the firm's Bristol office. The team will move in-house at the beginning of next year (3 January). As Legal Week went to press, Camerons was also nearing the end of a review of the firm's real estate team that could potentially lead to job cuts. No decisions had been made with the firm emphasizing that redeployment to offices in central Europe, was the primary focus of the review. On Tuesday (30 September) Cobbetts announced that a second redundancy consultation in as many months with up to 40 fee earners likely to face the axe.Blake Lapthorn this week also announced job cuts, coming after similar moves last week from Wragge & Co, Halliwells and Ward Hadaway.
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