Clifford Chance job cuts will include HR roles

HR jobs are to be cut at Clifford Chance after the law firm announced it will make between 105 and 115 redundancies among its London-based support staff.

The world’s biggest law firm said it is unable to confirm how many HR jobs will be affected, but said it is making the cuts following a review into business support services, which began in January.

A 90-day consultation will begin as soon as employee representatives are appointed.

Amanda Burton, director of global business services, said: “We have the most professional business services function in the sector, and I’m immensely proud of our contribution to the firm, so this has been a difficult decision.

“However, we need to take steps to ensure that the level of resource within the firm is appropriate for our business needs.”

Clifford Chance has already cut 80 junior fee-earners in its London office, as well as a number of partners.

Personnel Today reported yesterday that many City law firms are paying graduates up to £10,000 to defer their start date for a year.

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