Law Practice Management

UK Restructuring of DLA Piper Could Affect 251 Lawyer and Staff Jobs

DLA Piper is considering a restructuring in the United Kingdom that could affect 251 jobs of lawyers and back-office staffers.

The firm is considering closing its 85-person Glasgow office, and selling or closing a 50-person insurance defense practice, report Legal Week and the Lawyer. Meanwhile, the firm’s 116-person document production team, located in eight offices, will be consolidated in Leeds. Document production staffers, as well as some of those in the Glasgow office, would be offered a chance to relocate.

The Glasgow office has 10 partners, 25 fee earners and 50 support staffers, while the insurance practice has four partners, 27 fee earners and 19 support staff, Legal Week says. The firm still has an office in Edinburgh.

The announcement follows a review of office and partner profitability by DLA’s global co-chairman Tony Angel, a former Linklaters chief hired last year.

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