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Pinsent Masons opens redundancy consultation that could see up to 100 PA jobs go

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Firm cites investment in legal tech as one of the reasons behind the review

International outfit Pinsent Masons has launched a major redundancy consultation that could see up to 100 personal assistant (PA) roles disappear.

The consultation, announced internally last week, is set to be completed by the end of November. With details still thin on the ground, Legal Cheek understands that Pinsents will review PA positions across all eleven of its UK offices, including London, on a department-by-department basis.

PAs affected by the review will be eligible to apply for one of the outfit’s 50 new administrative assistant roles that will be created.

Pinsents — which recently revealed a trainee retention score of 74% (67 out of 91) — said in a statement today that due to investments in “technology and other resources” its PA staffing levels and business needs “no longer aligned”. It continued:

For that reason we will be entering into a consultation with our PA team. While it is hard to be precise about the outcome of the consultation at this point, we have not ruled out the reallocation of resource or redundancy of some roles. We will do everything possible to support those impacted during what we recognise is an unsettling time.

The announcement follows similar moves by other City outfits.

In January, magic circler Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer offered voluntary redundancy to all 180 or so of its London secretarial staff. Justifying the move at the time, the firm said it was attempting to create a more defined career path for its PAs. Meanwhile, insurance specialist BLM confirmed last month it was cutting 50 secretarial and support roles following a summer consultation.

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12 Comments

Anonymous

Just when you thought Pinsent Masons couldn’t be any more of a joke…

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Anonymous

Meanwhile partners increase their PEP and junior associate pay remains stagnant. Lovely.

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Anonymous

Taken from rof

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Jones Day partner

After undertaking a thorough and broad ranging review of our PAs and trainees, I am pleased to report each of them passed with flying colours and will be retained until the earlier of hitting 30 or getting too chubby

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Anon

sexist porker

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Anonymous

Pension funds are invested in corporations rather than people. Ultimately the it corporation has to prosper over 100 people or the economy won’t work.
For a bit of sport, they could qualify as solicitors through the new exam, practice with low overheads and see if they could intercept work from their it purchasing executioners 🙂

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Anonymous

False economy

What a sh1t show

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Anonymous

Bring it on! No one wants to work there anyway!

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Anonymous

Never trusted them after they took on work from Hallowed anyway!!

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Anonymous

Its all going pear shaped over here at the moment – PAs are scared, moral is low

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Anonymous

The package is an absolute joke. Disgrace. Make folk redundant if there is a business need but pay them properly for the job that they have done.

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Anonymous

Employer of choice not! Package is minimal. New posts minimal wage yet they brag at every opportunity about how much money they’ve made.

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