Top UK firm cuts 28 support roles in London after move to Liverpool

More than two dozen roles have been made redundant by the move, the firm announced

Top UK firm cuts 28 support roles in London after move to Liverpool

A top UK law firm has cut 28 support roles in London in the aftermath of its transition of business-support functions to Liverpool.

Taylor Wessing confirmed on Friday that the roles have been made redundant, ending a redundancy consultation that was first announced in January 2019. Up to 34 roles were initially in danger, but the firm said it cut redundancies by transferring new roles in London for some staff and redeploying some in Liverpool.

The firm thanked its former employees for their “outstanding professionalism,” according to the Law Society Gazette.

Taylor Wessing, which is among the 20 largest law firms in the UK by annual turnover, opened its office in Liverpool in November 2018. The outpost has grown from 10 lawyers to 17 and now also houses more than 60 business professionals.

Partner Saleem Fazal, who heads the firm’s Liverpool office and its London-based real estate disputes group, focused on the firm’s good performance last year.

“It’s been a highly successful year for the firm as a whole with fantastic achievements in terms of our strategy, the modernisation of our work practices, and our profitability,” he said. “The stunning location of our new Liverpool home is the icing on the cake, and we are thrilled to be able to commit our future to this vibrant, enterprising city.”

Taylor Wessing expects its Liverpool office to grow to more than 100 lawyers and professionals by the end of the fiscal year.

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