Dare ye visit the S&G Triangle?
Slater and Gordon has been quietly jettisoning and replacing staff in their hundreds, an insider has alleged.
The personal injury group employed almost 2,000 people in 2019, but that figure has dropped to 1,700, said a source, who alleged that within the last year and as the firm moved to permanent homeworking, 600 staff were made redundant and replaced, equivalent to churn of 38%.
A spokesperson for the firm said it was not true that there were 600 leavers, but confirmed that its Chief Commercial Officer, Jennie Hill, had left after just over a year, and that its Chief People Officer, Alicia Alinia, was leaving in December.
Hill's departure was "amicable on both sides", said the spokesperson, who added that, "We continue to promote and recruit talent into the business to enhance our management capability".
Staff referred RollOnFriday to Hill's eerily prophetic Slater and Gordon blog, in which she wrote, "I’ve always been intrigued by the myths surrounding the Bermuda Triangle. What dark forces caused planes and vessels to disappear, never to be seen again?"
A source said at least two heads of practice had vanished "with no notice - just signed on one day and told they are gone", while another said Alinia's departure was only announced internally because RollOnFriday got in touch with the firm.
An insider claimed that Slaters’ recent disposal of its London-based Crime and Misconduct Team to DAC Beachcroft "only came to light when someone in my team tried to contact the Crime team" and received an out of office response stating they had left.
"There has not been a single announcement, warning or anything to let the rest of the company know", said a source. A spokesperson said that characterisation was inaccurate, and that the news was disseminated to everyone via an internal newsletter and in team meetings.
The departures have included all of the firm's press officers, one of whom denied that any of the others had left until he was also made redundant and disappeared, never to be seen again. The (new) spokesperson explained, "We have overhauled our external comms team to align it better with our company's strategic goals and are currently actively recruiting into the PR and media team".
Some Slaters staff claimed that incoming replacements did not always possess the same level of specialist knowledge as their predecessors. "My boss's boss has no legal background, she was a manager at a call centre for Argos", said one insider.
Slater and Gordon was anointed as the Golden Turd last year after staff voted themselves the least satisfied workforce in UK law. However, an enormous influx of fresh, motivated talent could be just the ticket to help Slaters pick up the top gong in 2022.
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