Blake Dawson’s Wikipedia page hijacked

Blake Dawson's Wikipedia page hijackedAustralian firm Blake Dawson has had its Wikipedia page invaded with an unknown contributor adding details of the firm’s job cuts to the online encyclopedia.

The entry to the reader-written webpage said that the firm’s partnership was looking to cut up to 100 staff “in a bid to slash costs and preserve profit”.

The entry continued: “Blake Dawson is the first top tier law firm in Australia to announce anticipated redundancies during the 2009 economic downturn.

“While other major law firms Allens Arthur Robinson and Freehills have assured staff that there will be no redundancies, partners of Blake Dawson announced on 24 February 2008 that they would sack up to 100 staff instead of reducing their individual profit share.

“The firm’s partners receive an average of $850,000 each per annum.”

At the time of writing the firm was unavailable for comment or to confirm the accuracy of the profit per partner figure, although the 100 job cuts have been widely reported in the Australian press.

It is unclear whether Allens Arthur Robinson, Freehills or any other firm has assured staff that they will not be making redundancies.

Most major law firms now have a Wikipedia entry, although these tend to avoid ongoing developments and focus instead on long-term characteristics.

The Wikipedia entries for Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Linklaters, for instance, make no reference to their recent redundancy programmes.

Blake Dawson has offices across Australia and in Singapore, Shanghai and Papua New Guinea.