DLA Piper lambasted by staff over payoffs

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  • Plus ca change plus le meme chose

    In times of stress most organisations reveal their true colours. DLA have missed an opportunity to treat their outgoing staff better than the statutory minimum. They are likely to lose any residual goodwill those "alumni" may have had for the firm. Their loss will no doubt be other's gain. There are some of us in the legal profession who believe in excellence and deliver it, who don't chase the last ounce of profit, who believe in client service above all and work collegiately and supportively through good times and bad.
    There is another way!

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  • Trouble with ungrateful employees is....

    It sickens me to hear people who aren't even smart enough to understand that times are tight for all law firms calling for more appreciation and thanks and a better redundancy package. Hunting animals seems easy in comparison to explaining this to some people.

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  • DLA

    How many Ferraris does Sir Senior Partner have?

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  • Surprising.... NOT!

    From their early days when they were trying to break into the London legal big time right up to the present day, they are the most tight fisted law firm I ever worked for. Doesn't surprise me at all that a firm who gives £50 Xmas bonus to staff (in the good times!) would treat them just as shabbily in a redundancy situation. Who would want to work there?

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  • Dont be so precious

    As a former partner of a major international law firm, I have seen first hand how all larger firms gravitate to the same “Stepford Wife” model for partners. In this case, however, they are target-driven, thrusting, money and status worshipers. It used to amuse me to see the lengths others would go to get their names on my files, as the originator of the work or the partner responsible for the work. There is no place in these organisations for people who do not want to fight to be king of the dung-heap. The associates now complaining ought to stop and think: Did you join DLA (indeed, can you join any large law firm nowadays) because you thought that the culture was something akin to John Lewis? Of course not. So do not be surprised when the dog you lay down with gives you a dose of fleas. Keith’s point below is well made. If you want security of tenure, quality of life and a truly enjoyable work culture, you should be prepared to look at the “those firms” you may previously have been turning your nose up at, but who have quietly been humouring you. You may be paid a little less, but you will live longer.

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  • No surprises

    I used be a solicitor with DLA and got out long ago to a much happier position with an employer who cares. At least you could say their selfish greed has always been a consistent trait. Those still working there should have jumped ship in the good times. The greed and disregard of the partners for anybody but themselves has always been clearly apparent for those with their eyes open. I can still recall the £50 bonus Christmas as a trainee....cheap and stingy then cheap and stingy now.

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  • The Fist of God

    Looks like management are making a good fist of it

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  • oh dear

    oops. I can only presume that sir nige doesn't think they will be needing laterals for a few years... As for those made redundant, will they be instructing Dibbs when they turn up in-house 2 years from now?

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  • DLA Piper

    It is never fund to be made redundant but a more balanced article would have mentioned that if the DLA lawyers were working as in-house lawyers in financial institutions they would be lucky to get one month on top of the statutory pay.

    If this is a way to protect the greater number of jobs, it was no doubt a hard but very necessary decision for the Managing Partner.

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  • Dumb Lawyers Association

    DLA suffer from a massive perception problem in the city. What continues to amaze me is their ability to make this worse at every turn. Own goal, own goal, and now another own goal. Well done to the DLA PR machine.

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