04:57, June 13 421 0

2017-06-13 04:57:07
BLM to cut 50 more roles after business review

BLM is in the midst of a redundancy consultation as it plans to cut 50 secretarial roles.

The firm said its direct support staff would be affected, including teams of assistants and secretaries.

Voluntary redundancy has been put to approximately 330 employees, although it is understood that 50 roles will be cut at the end of the process.

This represents 15 per cent of BLM’s total direct support staff.

BLM senior partner Mike Brown said in a statement: “We have made a decision to review our direct support teams across all of our locations in line with our business improvement programme.

“We have made a significant investment in developing technology at our firm and many of our lawyers are now working in an agile way which has an impact upon the demand for traditional direct support.

“We have therefore offered voluntary redundancy to colleagues in our direct support teams and this process is currently ongoing.”

Staff were informed of the plans last week and the process will conclude by the end of this month.

The cuts come just seven months after the firm launched another redundancy programme in Leeds. The process was aimed at cutting 21 lawyer and staff roles shrinking office headcount to just 19.

At the time, Brown added that the move was part of a “business improvement” programme, which includes a “strategic review” of all of its offices.