Bosses announce job cuts at legal firm

A MANAGEMENT shake-up has led to cuts at legal publishers Sweet & Maxwell, Mytholmroyd.

Thursday, 27th January 2011, 1:14 pm

Efficiency initiatives and a realignment of its management structure has cut jobs in the Calder Valley and London offices of the firm, which is part of Thomson Reuters. It employs 230 people in Calderdale.

“To achieve these efficiencies, we have notified the relevant managers in our Content Operations organisation that their roles may be at risk of redundancy and initiated a consultation process,” said Hilary Lambert, commercial unit vice-president at Thomson Reuters. “As we are going through a consultation process we cannot be precise about numbers. By way of an indication it is not expected to be greater than five per cent of the Mytholmroyd site.”

She added: “The legal industry has undergone significant changes over the last 24 months and our customers have made and continue to make lasting changes to the way they do business. We are making these changes to better position the business for growth.”

Editorial staff in the National Union of Journalists and other workers who are members of Unite have organised at meeting today at the Shoulder of Mutton, Mytholmroyd, at 12.30pm. NUJ northern organiser Chris Morley said: “The NUJ will be in full support of its members to protect their interests.”

Sweet & Maxwell employs nearly 1,000 and has offices in Edinburgh, Dublin and Andover in Hampshire.