More woes for failed KWM EU as former staff sue

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The Europe, UK, and Middle East arm of King & Wood Mallesons created employee redundancies without a formal consultation period as mandated by law, around 200 former staff, including lawyers, allege in the latest legal action to emerge from the failure of the business.

Firms are required to enter into a 45-day consultation period when they make more than 100 redundancies at the same time, a report from Legal Week said. The group has already retained regional employment law firm Herrington Carmichael to handle the claim, which will soon be filed with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.

According to the publication’s source, which is said to be close to the matter, the group will claim “a protective award for failure to inform and consult under the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1992.” The source also said that “most” of the hundreds of staff made redundant are party to the claim.

Meanwhile, former KWM partners will soon be formally asked via letter by Quantuma, the appointed administrator firm of the failed business, to make a “commensurate contribution” to cover the cost of preparation for the final accounts of the dissolved partnership.

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