Herbert Smith announces 5 redundancies in Dubai, following 51 redundancies in London

May 29, 2012 Herbert Smith has laid off five support staff in IT and business services in Dubai, following a decision last month to lay off 51 people in the firm’s London headquarters.

The London cuts will see up to 23 fee-earners and three professional support lawyers at risk of redundancy in the corporate team, while the London real estate practice stands to lose five fee-earner positions and one professional support lawyer. The other redundancies are spread over a number of practice areas and affect professional support lawyers and personal assistants.

Commenting on the Dubai redundancies a Herbert Smith spokesman said: "It was a decision we took with regret, but one we needed to make to put our business services resources back in step with our fee earner numbers."

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