Ed. note: Welcome to our daily feature, Quote of the Day.
You always wake up feeling ‘I could be could be next.’ It’s not at the kind of panic level right now, but a slow broil, where you feel, especially if you’re having a less busy work day, ‘what if we’re next,’ and ‘what if this quietness means that I’m useless and not contributing enough to the firm and I’m actually just dead weight that the firm needs to get rid of.’ That kind of thinking works its way into your bones.”
— An associate working at a U.S. Biglaw firm in London, in anonymous comments given to Law.com International, concerning the hushed fear of layoffs that’s spread among associates in the wake of associate layoffs being made in both the US and the UK.
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