Clifford Chance is due to make up to 73 staff redundant after reassessing how its business will function following the pandemic.
Between 44 and 73 staff will be affected, said the firm, all of them in business services teams hard-hit by the working-from-home culture which many firms are seeking to embed.
Secretaries, document production staff and those in the mail room will be offered voluntary redundancy packages in a "hybrid voluntary/compulsory redundancy approach", said the firm. It said it hoped take-up of the packages in offer would reduce "the number of compulsory redundancies needed".
Clifford Chance teams are by no means the only ones getting hammered. Job culls are rolling through the legal sector, with business services teams and particularly secretaries taking the brunt. Covid has accelerated existing IT trends which were threatening support roles, and forced additional changes to working practices which have seen lawyers getting to grips with sending their own post, scanning the rest, and generally using fewer in-office resources as they split their time with homeworking.
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