DJ Freeman finalises redundancy programme

DJ Freeman has confirmed the final number of redundancies resulting from the disintegration of the firm, and the formation of niche insurance/litigation practice Kendall Freeman.

Hardest hit have been the support staff, of whom 30 full and part-time workers face redundancies.

Of DJ Freeman’s 45 partners, four faced the prospect of redundancy, although two have already found new homes, and two are currently negotiating new positions. Six other fee earners also faced redundancy, of whom four are still looking.

Kendall Freeman will retain 21 of the partners, 13 are joining Olswang, the four partner property litigation team had already announced its departure to DLA, while Vivien King had announced her departure to Bond Pearce. Paul Clark has joined South East firm Cripps Harries Hall, and Barbara Naftalin will join Davies Arnold Cooper. The remaining two had both announced the departure from the firm before the split, one to retire, and the other to take time out from the profession.

All the trainees have been placed. Twenty one will remain at Kendall Freeman, four have gone to Olswang, two have gone to DLA and one is going to Davies Arnold Cooper with Naftalin.

The newly formed Kendall Freeman will have 155 staff in total including partners, fee earners and support staff.