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DLA Piper Axes 124 in UK Offices

Posted May 13, 2009 1:35 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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After earlier layoff announcements concerning attorneys in its United States, Asia and Dubai offices, DLA Piper is now officially wielding the ax in the United Kingdom, too.

Concluding "redundancy" consultations announced in February, the firm has terminated 24 "fee-earners" and 100 support staff in the U.K., reports Legal Week.

"Under the circumstance, we are pleased that we were able to contain the number of redundancies in the U.K., over a third of which were voluntary," says David Bradley, the United Kingdom managing partner for the firm.

The "voluntary redundancy" severance package was controversial, because many DLA Piper lawyers who stepped up reportedly felt they weren't getting as much from the firm as they should have received

Related earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com (November 2008): "DLA Piper Asks 275 Non-Equity Partners to Ante Up, Goes to 1-Tier Structure"

ABAJournal.com (March 2009): "Under 1-tier Structure, DLA’s Equity Partner Count Jumps from 300 to 670"

ABAJournal.com (March 2009): "DLA Piper Will Cut Pay for Most Partners by 11.5 Percent"

ABAJournal.com (December 2008): "Up to 20 UK Lawyers, 20 Staffers at DLA Piper Could Get Axed"

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