Job disruption at insurance law firms continues as legal giant puts roles at risk


Law firm Hogan Lovells has revealed up to 90 roles could be cut or shifted away from the London office.

Around 78 business services roles and 12 legal support positions in London will be cut or transferred to Johannesberg or Birmingham.

It is understood that the majority of roles will move but there is almost certain to be some staff who will stop working at the firm.

Hogan Lovells said the decision has been taken as part of a move to “build on the firm’s increased use of advanced technologies and legal project management”.

More broadly, there is widespread disruption across law firms, many of which have large insurance practices, as technology replaces human roles.

Voice recognition software and business processing technology means back office and support roles are no longer needed. 

Insurance law firms Pinsent Masons and BLM have announced redundancy programmes.

Meanwhile, Slater and Gordon is slashing jobs abroad, although its troubles largely stem from its disastrous acquistions of Quindell’s legal services arm.

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