find the latest legal job
Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Highly-respected, innovative and entrepreneurial Not-for-Profit · Competency based Board
View details
Chief Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Dynamic, high growth organisation · ASX listed market leader
View details
In-house Projects Lawyer | Renewables / Solar | 2-5 Years PQE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: All Australia
· Help design the future · NASDAQ Listed
View details
Insurance Lawyer (3-5 PAE)
Category: Insurance and Superannuation Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Dynamic organisation ·
View details
Legal Counsel
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: North Sydney NSW 2060
· 18 month fixed term contract · 3-5 years PQE with TMT exposure
View details
Ashurst earmarks 120 roles for redundancy

Ashurst earmarks 120 roles for redundancy

A total of 120 support roles at Ashurst’s London office are at risk of being axed following a 45-day redundancy consultation.

Lawyers Weekly understands that 120 of the firm’s 350 support services staff in London could be made redundant in coming months.

A number of the impacted staff will be offered a position at the firm’s new Glasgow office, Lawyers Weekly has learned. Others will be offered replacement positions in London.

It is uncertain how many employees will remain at the firm, with individual consultations still taking place and expected to conclude over the next few months.

UK law requires that consultations for large-scale redundancies start 45 days prior to the first redundancy. The consultation period was recently halved from 90 to 45 days in cases where more than 100 redundancies have been proposed.

A spokesperson for Ashurst Australia told Lawyers Weekly that the events in London will not affect local operations.

The announcement follows the launch of Ashurst’s legal and business support services office in Glasgow in August. Six legal analysts, a newly-created legal role by the firm, have already been recruited in Glasgow, with this number expected to double by the end of the year.

The total headcount of the office is expected to reach 150, including 120 business support services positions, within the next 12 months.

Speaking with Lawyers Weekly earlier this year, Ashurst LLP’s managing partner, James Collis (pictured), said that the objectives of the Glasgow office were to gain cost efficiencies and maintain, if not improve, quality.

He also admitted that it was “a very challenging market” when questioned about the firm’s financial results for the 2012-13 financial year, with turnover flat, profit per equity partner dropping by 8.6 per cent and profit falling by six per cent.

“We are living in a world where law firms are run more and more like businesses,” he said at the time.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Ashurst earmarks 120 roles for redundancy
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
LCA president Fiona McLeod SC
Aug 17 2017
Where social fault lines meet the justice gap in Aus
After just returning from a tour of the Northern Territory, LCA president Fiona McLeod SC speaks wit...
Marriage equality flag
Aug 17 2017
ALHR backs High Court challenge to marriage equality postal vote
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has voiced its support for a constitutional challenge to ...
Give advice
Aug 17 2017
A-G issues advice on judiciary’s public presence
Commonwealth Attorney-General George Brandis QC has offered his advice on the public presence of jud...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...