Former KWM EU partners urged to back ‘undue hardship’ fund for staff

Partners who were at the firm in the months before its demise are being asked to come to the aid of former support staff

Former KWM EU partners urged to back ‘undue hardship’ fund for staff
Just over a month after the collapse of King & Wood Mallesons’ UK, Europe, and Middle East (EUME) partnership, former partners of have been asked by former managing partner Tim Bednall to contribute to a fund to aid former support staff suffering “undue hardship.”

Bednall emailed partners who were at the EUME arm in the months before it went into administration, though the exact number of emailed partners and the amount being asked from each remain unknown, Legal Week reported.

At least one former partner appreciates Bednall’s effort, saying that while everyone has been “injured in some way” and that former partners can “view [the contribution call] cynically,” “at least they’re doing something about it.”

Bednall had previously asked former partners on behalf of Quantuma, the administrator, for an initial payment of £900 each to pay for cessation accounts being worked on by Deloitte.

Earlier this month, a group of former EUME employees sued over how redundancies were made after the partnership appointed administrators on 17 January. The group, which is comprised of 288 individuals, has tapped law firm Herrington Carmichael for the lawsuit, Legal Week said.


Related stories:
‘No termination clause’ at KWM
Tim Bednall to return to Australia

Free newsletter

Subscribe to our FREE newsletter service and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest breaking news, cutting edge opinion, and expert analysis affecting both your business and the industry as whole.

Please enter your email address below and click on Sign Up for daily newsletters from Australasian Lawyer.

Recent articles & video

Mills Oakley welcomes three to partnership in major promotion round

Kingston Reid elevates two to partner

Eversheds Sutherland’s alternative legal and compliance services arm reaches the US

Trilby Misso Lawyers announces brand relaunch

Over 50% of UK chambers don’t expect to last six to 12 months, Bar Council study finds

Clayton Utz rings in new financial year with new deputy chief executive partners

Most Read Articles

JWS appoints new managing partner

Service to others is ‘a way of life’ for Maurice Blackburn principal

New managing partner celebrates first day on the job at Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers

Clayton Utz rings in new financial year with new deputy chief executive partners