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Redundancies chosen as way forward for cash-strapped firm

Brobeck Hale and Dorr has ditched proposals to cut associate salaries in favour of a voluntary redundancy programme that sees five associates departing the firm.

25 July 2002

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Brobeck Hale and Dorr has ditched proposals to cut associate salaries in favour of a voluntary redundancy programme that sees five associates departing the firm.

US-qualified corporate lawyers Rohit Bhoothalingham and Steve Jackson, UK-qualified lawyers Fabion Mazzocchetti and Christian Kimberley and IT lawyer Belinda Winward have all accepted the firm's offer.

Three weeks ago the partnership – an independent joint venture between US firms Brobeck Phleger & Harrison and Hale and Dorr – decided that the firm needed to curb costs and so asked associates whether they would be prepared to take a 15 per cent salary cut for an intended period of six months.

An associate committee considered the plans but decided that there was greater support for a voluntary redundancy offer among associates. London managing partner Tom Kellerman, confirmed the voluntary redundancy scheme and said that the departures of five lawyers would be sufficient.

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