Taylor Wessing has revealed that 13% of its support-staff positions in London are at risk.
Sources told RollOnFriday that 50 staff would be made redundant. However, a Taylor Wessing spokeswoman said that the firm is planning to cut a total of 34 out of the 270 business services roles in the City by the end of 2020. The cull will affect most support-staff departments including business development, finance, talent and IT.
The announcement was made after Taylor Wessing analysed the "effectiveness" of its business services operations. The review concluded that the firm is set to slash 34 business support staff roles in London. However, it is also planning to create 35 new roles across legal and business services in the firm's Liverpool office*.
The redundancy consultation for the London positions is set to start next week. The firm's managing partner Shane Gleghorn told RollOnFriday that the review came "with challenging decisions that have not been taken lightly" but added that "the new model will allow us to support our clients and grow our business".
* The firm's Liverpool office launched in October 2018. Top tips to those London staff who may be relocated and are unfamiliar with Liverpool. Always mention Boris Johnson at every opportunity, preferably with a copy of The Sun tucked under your arm.