Are More Biglaw Layoffs Looming On The Horizon?

Are More Biglaw Layoffs Looming On The Horizon?<br />
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May 2023

Are More Biglaw Layoffs Looming On The Horizon?
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We would expect to see some more adjustments if the demand picture doesn't pick up. And unfortunately, we don't see it picking up.

-- Owen Burman, managing director for the Wells Fargo Legal Group, in comments given to the American Lawyer on the likelihood of more layoffs being conducted among Am Law 100 firms in 2023. Wells Fargo is projecting a recession to begin in the second half of the year, which does not bode well for Biglaw. "With the first quarter ending with a mild credit scare and increasing concern about economic growth, we are not surprised by recent press reports of headcount rationalization and postponement of associate starting dates," the group noted in its most recent report. "While many announcements are among firms that hired most aggressively, other firms may follow suit if the transactional environment fails to improve. In the absence of demand growth, we expect firms to be vigilant on expense management, seeking operational efficiencies to offset required investments for in-person meetings and infrastructure improvements."

Are More Biglaw Layoffs Looming On The Horizon?
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