'Was it something I said?'
Slater and Gordon is making significant numbers of staff redundant and using non-disclosure agreements to keep them quiet, RollOnFriday understands.
Slaters was the first major law firm in the UK to signal its intention for staff to work remotely on a permanent basis, allowing it to jettison expensive office leases around the country.
But working from home has also siloed people, making it easier to secretly terminate them without their colleagues realising until they are just a mute black square on the next Zoom call.
"S&G are making huge amounts of redundancies but are doing it on the sly", a source told RollOnFriday. And to reinforce the silence, the firm is allegedly telling outgoing staff that their termination packages are time-limited offers which come with a gag.
Staff were being given three days to accept deals which incorporated an NDA "then they're gone. No announcements, just that emails bounce", said a source.
RollOnFriday attempted to get in touch with the firm's press team a couple of weeks ago to ask about this story, but received a slew of bouncebacks giving various reasons why each press officer was not at work.
The one press officer who did get in touch rubbished suggestions that his colleagues had been secretly booted, although he said RoF should contact him in future.
Unfortunately, this week RollOnFriday received a bounceback from his email address as well, stating that he had left the business. All the profiles of the (ex?) press officers have now been removed from the firm's website.
Probably for that reason, no-one at the Golden Turd 2021 responded to repeated requests for comment.