Slater and Gordon has made 30 staff redundant, and closed its Claims Direct brand.
The PI giant is shuttering Overland Health, a sister company based in Malta that has formed part of the Slater and Gordon group for nearly six years.
Staff were informed this week that the firm has decided to make them all redundant after finding a “more profitable arrangement with a different rehabilitation provider”, said a source.
“To make matters worse, nobody from Group level even had the courage to face us and give us the news themselves”, said an employee. “We were told by our general manager, who himself is now out of employment, over a video conference call”.
A source said it wasn't a huge surprise as the firm treated them as an afterthought “since pretty much day 1 due to being located in Malta”.
“30+ loyal employees who have put up with Group's politics, neglect, and disrespect, some who have worked for Overland for over 10 years, will now find themselves unemployed in a world which is on the verge of a global recession. All because some fat cats at Group found a way to add a few extra £££s to their bank accounts”, they added.
Slater and Gordon has also shut down its Claims Direct site and brand, but a spokesperson said the closure had not resulted in job losses.
“Sometimes we have invested in the brand, sometimes we haven’t. At the moment the website just redirects to the main SG page but there is nothing to stop us reviving the brand at any point”, said the spokesperson.
Hopefully it has nothing to do with RollOnFriday pointing out in October that Claims Direct’s site read like a weird guide book characterising UK cities as death traps.
Slater and Gordon has responded to the pandemic by pivoting towards permanent home working, and is expected to make a number of office closures intended to save it a fortune in rent.
The firm did not respond to a request for comment on the Maltese cuts, but insight and inspiration for those being terminated can be found here.