DLA Piper lambasted by staff over payoffs

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  • General Counsel

    The continued attacks on DLA are getting rather boring - get on with some work rather than waste time being negative about others otherwise you may find yourself subject to a redundancy process yourself. My team frequently use DLA for large volumes of work and find them to provide a great service with great quality work for a fair price particularly in comparison to some of the MC and silver circle firms - they have achieved a huge amount throught the hard work of very many very talented and committed people and it is entirely wrong for some on these boards to suggest they are rubbish - are you feeling insecure ? This is the real world where difficult decisions have to be made so show respect for what DLA are trying to do - preserve their longevity for the benefit of as many staff and partners as possible by limiting the number of redundancies as far as possible - what so many haven't commented on is the small percenage cuts in numbers DLA are making compared to many other firms.
    The quantum of redundancy payments is of no bearing on how good a firm is and the amounts supposedly being paid by A&O and the like highlight how lucky some of you in private practice are and how ridiculous private practice salaries have become - a 3yr pqe getting close on 100K redundancy - unbelievable - just because some generation Y lawyers aren't getting as much as their mates at A&O doesn't give people the right to target one firm in such an unfair and abusive manner - do you know how little a factory worker in Doncaster being made redundant will get and don't you realise the national firms are paying no better than DLA ? Change the record and move on.

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  • impartial comments only please?

    There needs to be a tightening of admissions into the LPC, if it's almost impossible for a student with a 2:2 to get a training contract then why should they be allowed onto the LPC in the first place?

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  • As a former employee of DLA (I was there for nearly eight years) I can most certainly reiterate how badly the organisation treats its staff. I tried on numerous occasions to obtain a new role within the same department. Would they even give me a chance ? No they would not. They would rather recruit externally from agencies than show loyalty to long serving members of staff. The atmosphere within the place was horrid as a result of having to work with nasty bullying members of staff. I was basically left to rot in a dead end job and expected to work until seven or eight oclock at night.

    Good riddance that's all I can say.

    Thank god I'm out of there. That's one thing I never thought I would say.

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