January 25th, 2011 by Altman Weil

Two stories today show different aspects of the layoff picture. 

In large US law firms, things are looking up according to Law Shucks, a blog that has been tracking layoffs in “BigLaw” since January 2008.

“With all due respect to the 745 individuals affected, 2010 was a modest year for layoffs in our little slice of heaven.  Law-firm layoffs in 2010 fell by a factor of 20 compared to the 12,259 people laid off by law firms in 2009, the worst year on record. Even 2008, when we had no idea what was coming, was 2.5 times worse than 2010, with 1,992 folks losing their jobs…  To put that more starkly into context, those 745 people laid off for the entire year are just eight (8!) more than were laid off in one day – March 9, 2009, the worst day for law firm layoffs ever.”

Read it at Law Shucks 

But for support staff at UK firm CMS Cameron McKenna it’s not good news.  Progress, in the form of an outsourcing agreement with Integreon, will leave many of them out in the cold.

“CMS Cameron McKenna is to either lay off or relocate almost one third of its support staff as a result of its outsourcing agreement with Integreon.  The firm began informing staff internally about the final details of the agreement yesterday (24 January), with 9% of its current back office staff set to be made redundant as a result of the deal.  A further 21% of roles will be relocated to Integreon’s offices in either Bristol or India, with the remaining 70% of the firm’s 363 business services roles transferring to Integreon but remaining in London.”

Camerons’ Managing Partner Duncan Weston explained:

“The changing legal landscape requires constant innovation in the way we do business. This new approach to our business services will give us the ability to focus on our clients and provide a more sophisticated service. It creates greater flexibility to scale support services based on demand, and gives us access to a more advanced technology with the benefits of future investment by Integreon towards building a unified business model. It will also allow us the option to integrate our approach to business services across our international businesses.” 

Read it at Legal Week

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