11:44, September 18 395 0

2017-09-18 11:44:07
Hogan Lovells cuts 90 roles in London for back office expansion

Hogan Lovells has kickstarted a consultation in its business services division as it prepares to transfer or cut 90 roles from its London office.

The decision follows a strategic review and restructuring of its UK operations, and will affect around 78 business services staff and 12 legal support roles.

These jobs are set to be transferred or removed from the London office, with roles being created in the firm’s legal support centres in Birmingham and Johannesburg.

Hogan Lovells opened a low-cost legal centre in Birmingham in 2014 and comprises 70 people.

The launch came a month after the firm opened its first legal support office in Johannesburg, now made up of 110 individuals.

Hogan Lovells also opened its first business services centre in the US in Louisville at the start of last year.

The decision to transfer jobs to Birmingham and Johannesburg marks the next stage of the firm’s legal services offering.

By moving roles to Birmingham and Johannesburg, Hogan Lovells expects to carry out more complex legal work in its support centres, whereas they had previously focused on due diligence work.

Following the consultation, the vast majority of business support roles are still expected to be housed in London.

The outcome of the consultation is not yet known.