Magic Circle Firm Suspends Partner Distributions And Freezes Attorney Pay

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Magic Circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is a giant international player with $1,967,034,000 in gross revenue in 2018 and more than 1,400 attorneys on the pay roll. And amid the COVID-19 economic downturn, the firm is doing everything possible to keep all those attorneys — and their legion of staff — gainfully employed.

In order to avoid any layoffs or furloughs the firm has instituted a series of austerity measures aimed at maintaining cash flow. As reported by, that includes suspending quarterly partner distribution. Plus lawyer pay globally has been frozen and bonus decisions — typically made in April — will be postponed until September. Freshfields is also considering optional reduced hours for employees that want that flexibility.

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