Layoffs

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Baker Botts will lay off 50 staff members in office services and secretarial services, the law firm confirmed Thursday.

The law firm said the decision stemmed from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We must be responsive to the fundamental workplace shift created by the pandemic to ensure that we align our supporting resources with our clients’ and our own business needs in this changed environment,” the law firm said in a statement.

Above the Law was first to report the news. Other publications with coverage include Law360 and Thomson Reuters Legal.

“We will be parting ways with some wonderful people to whom we are deeply grateful for all they have done for the firm,” the law firm said in its statement.

Baker Botts previously responded to the pandemic by cutting pay by 20% to 30% for counsels, by 20% for associates, and by up to 25% for staff members making more than $70,000. In July, the firm said it would trim the pay cuts by half and pay interim bonuses to those who made exceptional contributions.