Legal Business

Brexit effect hits home as mid-tier reveals job cuts and pay freezes

Large mid-tier firms in the UK were some of the first to feel the sting of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, with Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Trowers & Hamlins, Addleshaw Goddard and Gowling WLG all putting their summer salary reviews on hold.

In July, BLP postponed all UK staff pay reviews to November 2016.

The decision came on the back of a sluggish financial performance for 2015/16, with fee income falling 2% to £254m in 2015/16. The firm said in a statement: ‘Following market uncertainties arising out of the recent EU referendum vote, BLP has decided that the responsible and prudent thing to do is to defer making UK salary decisions for a further four months.’