Ashurst cuts 120 London jobs as redundancy round closes

Ashurst is set to cut 120 roles from London following the conclusion of a redundancy consultation that had placed 350 roles at risk.

Following the announcement in June it was set to open a low cost centre in Glasgow, Ashurst put 350 London support roles at risk of redundancy. Of these, 120 London roles will be lost with staff given the option to transfer up to Glasgow.

It is unclear how many have transferred, with some consultations ongoing, while others have been given notice to leave the firm in January.

A number of staff will be offered replacement positions in London.

Ashurst’s Glasgow office, which has been in operation since the end of August, is expected to house 150 staff within the next 12 months, including 30 legal analysts and 120 business support staff, with the firm set to recruit heavily in the Scottish market.

Currently six legal analysts have been hired and the firm is hoping to double this by the end of 2013. The office is led by former Dundas & Wilson partner Michael Polson.

The launch of the office has been supported by a £2.4m grant from Scots economic development agency Scottish Enterprise, based on the firm employing 300 staff at the base within five years.

Ashurst declined to comment on the redundancies.