Dickinson Dees launches third redundancy round

<a class=Dickinson Dees launches third redundancy round” class=”inline_image inline_image_left” src=”/pictures/web/images/16172_newcastle90.gif” />Newcastle firm Dickinson Dees has begun redundancy talks with a view to laying off up to 90 of its workforce.

It is expected that around 15 qualified lawyers will be affected, mostly in the property departments.

A statement from the firm said: “The global economic conditions which are impacting on the UK economy mean that it’s appropriate for Dickinson Dees to reduce staffing levels across the firm and particularly in its property department.

“Where possible we’ll explore alternatives, short of redundancy, aimed at retaining staff and where redundancies are necessary we’ll seek volunteers where possible.”

The cuts will hit the firm’s Newcastle and York offices. London will be unaffected and no offices will be closed, said the firm.

The firm added that the recent sale of Dickinson Dees’ volume operation D3 Legal increased the need to make a “proportionate reduction in headcount”.

Dickinson Dees sold its commoditised business to volume firm Optima last year, after D3, which dealt with residential conveyancing and home information packs work, ran into problems (The Lawyer, 3 November 2008).

Before selling the volume arm the firm made a total of 64 redundancies in the business. The initial cuts were made after major D3 client Northern Rock first ran into trouble.

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