Black Tuesday for BLP and DWF

The spectre of a new round of redundancy programmes raised its head today, with both Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and DWF unveiling weighty layoff schemes.

BLP today confirmed that it anticipates around 58 legal staff and 44 secretarial staff plus members of its business services team will face the prospect of redundancy as the firm looks to slash salary costs by 15 per cent.

In Scotland, individuals in DWF’s Edinburgh and Glasgow offices have also been put on redundancy notice as part of the firm’s wider restructuring programme.

The pair of firms’ shock news follows the announcement last week that Cobbetts’ former debt recovery business Incasso, which was acquired by HL Legal Solicitors, made 44 staff redundant following a consultation with 52 staff.

Wragge & Co too has launched a consultation process, with up to 30 full-time equivalent support staff at risk in London and Birmingham.

While that news is dismal enough for those involved, it was probably less expected than today’s double whammy.

It looks like it is legal market land’s Black Tuesday all over again.

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