Fladgate dismissed lawyers on their probationary period as it sought to make savings during the coronavirus pandemic, it has been claimed.
The firm recently ended the employment of at least two associates while they were on their probation period, said a source, but the solicitors were "expressly told" that it was was "nothing to do with performance".
Instead they were told they were being let go because they were "soft targets" who would not incur redundancy costs, said the insider. The source suggested it would only have cost the firm "a couple of hundred quid a month" to furlough the lawyers "while they hunt for pastures new". It was "harsh, from such an elite firm", they added.
Last week RollOnFriday revealed Fladgate was preparing to embark on a redundancy process, which a source said was "disingenuous" given it had already been letting its newest lawyers go.
"It seems to me that probation is there to protect firms from duff performance from people who are very good at interview, which is fair enough", said a source, whereas "redundancy seems to mean the job no longer exists".
On the upside, Fladgate is apparently conducting ‘tea with a partner’ Zoom meetings to check staff wellbeing, during which work discussion "is expressly off the agenda". A source described the group chats as "creepy".
Fladgate did not respond to a request for comment. Perhaps because it has also let go of its head of comms, along with multiple other staff who were employed on fixed term contracts, RollOnFriday understands.