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Norton Rose Fulbright cuts 132 roles — majority in London

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19 lawyers among redundancies

Norton Rose Fulbright’s London office

Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) is to cut over 130 roles across its Europe, Middle East and Asia offices, it confirmed on Friday, with London taking the biggest hit.

The international law firm is to make 114 staff redundant in its London HQ, including 19 associates and counsel. The vast majority of cuts affect secretaries and business services staff.

“We have taken the decision to restructure our business services operating model to set us up to lead and thrive in a period of change and uncertainty,” Peter Scott, EMEA managing partner said. “Our resilient performance over 2020 allows us to make these changes now.”

He continued: “Our new operating model will help us serve our clients as effectively and efficiently as possible. Unfortunately, a number of colleagues who have made important contributions will leave us. We have followed a process that is as fair, robust and sensitive as possible, to bring a swift resolution.”

In the wake of the pandemic, a number of major legal players have made job cuts.

In December, Addleshaw Goddard cut 19 lawyer roles across its UK offices following a redundancy consultation, while Reed Smith made thirteen lawyers and six support staff redundant last summer. Other firms to make cuts include Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Shoosmiths and Squire Patton Boggs.

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9 Comments

Future Trainee at not NRF

The word salad these people come up with to make job cuts somehow seem like a good thing that somehow reflects the “resilience” of their business is just staggering.

Obvious NRF are cheapskates anyway, I went to an Open Day in 2019 and they never even bothered to send around the travel expenses reimbursement form. Something like £60 out of pocket now, cheers.

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Associate @ not NRF

Here here – I know from former trainees and associates there that NRF don’t like spending money on their employees. Understand culture has shifted a complete 180 degrees from its traditional reputation of being a friendly place to work where you feel supported by colleagues and enjoy going into work.

The people I know who have left say that they’ve discovered the grass is usually greener at the places they’ve moved .

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NRF bigboss

*hear hear, pinhead.

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JJ

@ Future Trainee at not NRF you couldn’t have said it better. CMS sits evenly there with using same pathetic tactics…

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s.188 TULR(C)A 1992

i hope they consulted me first

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Staff

Why on earth do you make people who made important contributions leave?

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mud

mad

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Former toiler

A very bad sign, avoid like the plague.

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SAP Master

NRF are paying the price for implementing SAP where 5 years later, they are still wondering if it was all worth the cost and hassle, especially as it still isn’t working properly…!!!

To add, it was a huge overkill to use SAP, where their existing system worked just fine…!!

The project was ran back to front, so it’s no wonder it has failed spectacularly…. and all for the princely sum of £60 million +

Someone, somewhere keeps taking NRF for a jolly ride…!!!!

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