Irwin Mitchell is the latest firm to announce that staff are at risk of redundancy, citing Covid and WFH changes as reasons for the cuts.
110 employees will potentially face the axe, with the vast majority being in business services, along with two fee-earners.
“Our ongoing review into the impact of Covid-19 has identified a number of roles that have changed significantly," said group chief executive Andrew Tucker. "Our rapid move to be more digital, and near total home-working, has meant we’ve adopted new processes, new ways of connecting and collaborating and reduced our reliance on more traditional paper document handling." Although, not all of the "new ways of connecting" were embraced by staff.
The firm has started its consultation process - an Irwin Mitchell spokesman told RollOnFriday that the firm is "committed to considering alternative proposals and any possible redeployment" for the impacted staff.
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The potential cuts, follow the firm's decision to furlough 10% of its employees in April. The firm's spokesman said the "majority" of furloughed staff are returning to the business, although he confirmed to RollOnFriday that 170 people still remain on furlough.
Aside from the impact of Covid, the firm is also facing other potential pitfalls, as it recently launched an internal review in response to legal reforms that will shake the PI industry.
Other firms have also made redundancies as a result of the pandemic, including Reed Smith, Dorsey & Whitney, Brethertons and Fladgate. With the government's furlough scheme finishing at the end of October, other firms may follow suit.