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Job losses at Blackadders

21 July 2008

Dundee-based law practice Blackadders is to cut between 40 and 60 jobs across the firm.

The 20-partner firm - which has offices in Dundee, Arbroath, Carnoustie, Forfar and Kirriemuir - has been affected by the current economic climate, which has caused a drop in the work of the firm's residential and commercial conveyancing operation.

The move also affects eight trainee solicitors who were due to take up positions within the firm next month and are now unable to do so.

Following the initial announcement, the firm has appointed a staff liaison committee to look at ways of avoiding compulsory redundancies. Staff are being asked to look at reducing their hours or taking a pay cut.

Earlier this month Blackadders' managing partner, Johnston Clark, announced a new management board to lead the firm, consisting of the heads of the firm's five main departments, along with the new post of chief executive officer, filled by operations director Murray Davidson. Chairman Donald Hutcheson stated at the time that the firm was "doing well, in uncertain economic times”.