Former KWM EU partners urged to back ‘undue hardship’ fund for staff

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Just over a month after the collapse of King & Wood Mallesons’ UK, Europe, and Middle East (EUME) partnership, former partners of have been asked by former managing partner Tim Bednall to contribute to a fund to aid former support staff suffering “undue hardship.”

Bednall emailed partners who were at the EUME arm in the months before it went into administration, though the exact number of emailed partners and the amount being asked from each remain unknown, Legal Week reported.

At least one former partner appreciates Bednall’s effort, saying that while everyone has been “injured in some way” and that former partners can “view [the contribution call] cynically,” “at least they’re doing something about it.”

Bednall had previously asked former partners on behalf of Quantuma, the administrator, for an initial payment of £900 each to pay for cessation accounts being worked on by Deloitte.

Earlier this month, a group of former EUME employees sued over how redundancies were made after the partnership appointed administrators on 17 January. The group, which is comprised of 288 individuals, has tapped law firm Herrington Carmichael for the lawsuit, Legal Week said.

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