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The law firm Pannone has announced its plan to close offices in the Cheshire towns of Hale and Alderley Edge as it manages a process of refocussing its business.
Up to 12 employees based at the firm’s north-west offices are expected to lose their jobs as the closures take effect, the company said in a statement.
However, while the news is bad for staff at offices in Hale and Alderley Edge, Pannone has emphasised its commitment to building on its presence in nearby Manchester and in London.
Expansion in London is now described as Pannone’s primary focus in the coming months with an “ambitious recruitment drive” planned at its offices in Chancery Lane. A number of the firm’s senior lawyers are planning to switch from offices in the North-West to those in central London.
“The decision to close the offices in Hale and Alderley Edge is based on our strategic plans to further enhance our national reputation across a wide range of disciplines and specialist niche areas,” explained managing partner Emma Holt.
“We believe that will be achieved by moving away from small local offices to expanding our presence in London.”
Legal cases relating to life sciences and clinical negligence are among the key areas of focus for Pannone, with a number of new high level appointments in these areas having been made in recent months.
Plans are in place for the business, which currently has a workforce numbering roughly 600, to double to scale of its existing office base on Chancery Lane in the City of London.