Dewey London to shut down this Friday By Margaret Taylor 22 May 2012 16:50 17 December 2015 13:03 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 22 May 2012 at 18:06 “The remaining staff have been told that this is their last week and are packing up.” Nonsense. The staff have actually been told NOTHING. Reply Link Interested Observer 23 May 2012 at 09:51 Can they just pack up like that? I thought the SRA insisted on run off cover and an orderly wind down so that clients don’t lose out. Reply Link Anonymous 23 May 2012 at 10:32 As a member of staff in London, I have been told nothing of the sort…..as with every stage of this awful situation we have found out what is going on through the press……..which is dispicable. The lawyers ran and the support staff are left without jobs. Reply Link Anonymous 23 May 2012 at 11:56 This is such a terrible situation. Where are the trainees going to finish their training contracts??? It’s tough enough with so few NQ jobs Reply Link Anonymous 23 May 2012 at 12:01 Current staff member here – we have not been given any indication as to when our last day at the firm will be. The only firm information we have been given throughout this whole situation has been through the press. There are under 100 (mostly support) staff left at the London office, most of which do not have a job to go to (not through lack of trying), some of which are pregnant, and others who do not have a penny to their name. I hope the partners responsible for this situation, both in the US and London, can sleep well at night. Reply Link Anonymous 23 May 2012 at 12:44 This time last year, I almost took a job with the firm only to be told at the last minute by the partnership that I wasn’t quite what they were looking for. A year later, I am taking this as far more of a compliment than I did at the time as it clearly means that I am not an incompetent commercial lawyer with no loyalty to the firm for whom I am employed… Reply Link Anonymous 23 May 2012 at 12:56 The whole situation is a disgrace, the partners responsible should feel ashamed of themselves. Total lack of morals and can’t see any evidence that any senior management care one jot about any of the support staff, trainees etc. Good luck to all the Dewey people, especially the trainees – hope you find a new home asap, no thanks to the SRA. Reply Link Anonymous 23 May 2012 at 14:28 Perhaps those lawyers who are fortunate enough to secure new employment should have a whip round for the staff left behind – 20% of each lawyer’s first pay cheque should keep the support staff & trainees afloat a while. Reply Link Anonymous 23 May 2012 at 19:49 Awful situation. Great sympathy for those poor people caught up in this. Lots of firms have disappeared (mainly by merger, but some winding up). I hope the Lawyer tackles this when they publish firm’s positions. Reply Link Anonymous 23 May 2012 at 23:13 Remaining staff have NOT been told that this will be the final week for the London office. Remaining staff have been told NOTHING as regards when the end will be. Reply Link Anonymous 24 May 2012 at 09:22 Will Dewey staff who want to put their side of the story across please contact The Lawyer. It’s the best way of ensuring your voice is heard. Reply Link Bud Butley 24 May 2012 at 13:11 Now if the support staff had organised, and if the law gave them the power, they could have stopped this monster dead in it’s tracks. They could then proceed to sue the lawyers (“right and proper persons”) who cut and ran. It isn’t as if the firm is being bought out, is it? It’s been stripped. Reply Link Anonymous 24 May 2012 at 16:50 How is Peter Sharp managing in his new firm? Am most interested to hear how he’s doing at Morgan Lewis. Is it true that only two associates (plus a few NQs who used time to count to qualify early) went with him? Given how helpful he’s proven to be with partners, associates, trainees and non-legal staff at Dewey London, it’s puzzling why so few people went with him. Reply Link Anonymous 24 May 2012 at 21:55 I would not over egg it. I am not sure he has proven to be that helpful with those who have been left for unemployment without so much as notification he was leaving. He has not tried to help everyone. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.