Law firm shake-up leaves some staff waiting for November pay packet

Some staff at legal services group Metamorph are still waiting for their November wages as the troubled group tries to push through a painful restructure.

The changes follow on from insolvency actions in recent weeks, including winding-up petitions for subsidiaries before Metamorph Group filed a notice of intention to appoint an administrator.

Then last week a winding-up order was granted on Sale-based MLL – a subsidiary that includes Linder Myers, Donnelly and Elliott Solicitors, and SLC Solicitors – and an official receiver was appointed.

A group spokesperson told that it was “working hard and in collaboration with HMRC to resolve any outstanding matters.”

However understands some staff transferred by TUPE to Knowles Benning, another part of the group acquired earlier in the year, on November 28.

But one staff member claims wages have not been paid for more than a week, and that a director has advised disgruntled workers to leave the firm, with their clients.

Employees have called on the watchdog, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, to step in.

However, a spokesperson for the SRA said it does not have the remit to become involved, saying the issues are the responsibility of employment law instead.