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Trowers & Hamlins has launched a redundancy consultation with 25 lawyers in its Real Estate team, following a recent cull just last month.

The firm axed 18 lawyers in Real Estate (including six partners) in October, bringing the running total to 43 jobs having been cut, or at risk, within the same practice area.

A Trowers & Hamlins spokesperson, commenting on the latest redundancy round, told RollOnFriday:"In order to best align our real estate team to changing client requirements, and in light of a continued slowdown in market conditions, it has become necessary for the firm to enter into a formal redundancy consultation with our real estate department in the UK."

"We anticipate that the number of roles affected will be around 25 across our 4 UK offices," the spokesperson added. "As ever, we are deeply committed to the wellbeing of our colleagues and this move has not been taken lightly.  We are working to keep the number of those ultimately affected as low as possible whilst also protecting the longer-term strength of the firm". 

With a dip in the Real Estate market, it remains to be seen if other firms with big property departments, also have a cull.

In other news in the sector, four partners in Irwin Mitchell's Birmingham Real Estate and Corporate team are jumping ship to join Hill Dickinson in Leeds. The quartet appear to be following in the footsteps of IM's former head of employment, Glenn Hayes, who also recently made the switch to Hill Dicks. Irwin Mitchell was gracious in its statement, as a spokesman said: "We thank those leaving for their contribution during their time with Irwin Mitchell and wish them well in the future".

Meanwhile, an Allen & Overy insider told RollOnFriday that the firm has been making voluntary redundancies in their finance team, mainly of senior associates.  The source said that the Magic Circle firm has “done it very quietly as everyone who wanted to take it, did take it”. It is not known whether the redundancies are connected with the merger, or indeed whether or not it's true, as the firm did not respond to requests for comment. 


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US Boner 24 November 23 09:01

Stealth layoffs are becoming increasingly common in US and MC firms, particularly PE and finance.

Cynical Bastard 24 November 23 10:28

Plenty of layoffs taking place quietly at the moment – these are just the tip of the iceberg. US firms especially seem to be quietly letting people go in quite sizeable number for their scale in some of their key areas.

Everyone knew (or at least should have known) that the gravy train was not going to last forever, so this probably shouldn't be too much of a surprise.

all done 24 November 23 10:39

Until recently Trowers were proclaiming their strength in RE up and down the land. Clearly very poor recruitment decisions taken here by senior management to have to lose so many.

Anonymous 24 November 23 12:16

The 2020 and 2021 recruitment madness is now being calibrated.

THPtnr 24 November 23 12:38

At Trowers we have loads of EPs with inherited clients bringing in naff all and recruiting loads of people. They can't win work, do work or make strategic decisions but they are untouchable. The long term is looking pretty shit at Trowers.

Philospher 24 November 23 14:42

Running any business as a member's club from the top, filling yr belly and dozing on the job only ever leads to it's poor cleaning staff in the 'you know what'.

K&E Partner 24 November 23 15:09

@9.01, which US firms do you think are laying people off in finance?

Our debt team is super busy. Granted there are fewer new money acquisitions knocking around at the moment, but there are tonnes of add-ons and A&Es on the performing side and plenty of funkier stuff in the special sits space, in addition to the distressed work (which is naturally higher at this point in the business cycle).

anonymous 24 November 23 15:10

Deeply committed to the wellbeing of our colleagues? Not all of them clearly.

Anonymous Anonymous 24 November 23 15:34

Time to build on your transferable skills and retrain for a useful profession.

Anonymous 24 November 23 15:44

Poor recruitment strategies across all the offices with employees now suffering the consequences. The partners need to be interrogated on their failings instead of simply blaming the ‘continued slowdown in market conditions’. This was known for over a year and yet, they still went on a recruitment frenzy as if they were buying Freddos!

Merry Christmas - you’re on the dole 24 November 23 16:26

Santa got lost on his way but don’t worry, the Grim Reaper covered his shift!

Gerald1967 26 November 23 06:04

To fair to Trowers I’ve heard that a few RE partners have been canned too, not just associates feeling the pain. Hope all find new roles.

Human error 28 November 23 21:56

Onboarded way more passengers than there was capacity on the ship. The ship has well and truly sunk. Merry Christmas in advance to those poor souls who have been failed by small men in big offices.

Exthappier4it 30 November 23 15:57

As a former colleague/ep once said to me on looking at who to let go, 'It's only business'. I don't agree. Good business requires good leadership, good leadership requires one to understand a business is more than 'only business'.

IM outta here 30 November 23 16:57

There is a collective trauma support group for ex-Irwin Mitchell lawyers. Those who have just left are welcome to join. 

Anonymous 30 November 23 22:55

Maybe we’ll see some brave Trowers people tell the World what it’s really like in the ROF survey

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