DLA Piper moots office closures as practice review kicks off

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  • Liverpool looks doomed. Yes American chums there is an office 30 miles from Manchester.

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  • To suggest that the Leeds office "will be in the spotlight" just shows your total ignorance of the firm.

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  • As a former and at the time very junior person at DLA it seems to me that things have changed at the Firm.
    I recall when the London Office opened it was seen as an engine to drive the Firm as a whole forwards (US Mergers being a distant dream at the time) which would then allow the regional offices access to work which they wouldn't normally have. It now seems that because they themselves are possibly struggling for work, there isn't very much outflow from the London Office so consequently that workstream for the regional offices is maybe drying up.
    Rather than the regions perhaps Big Tony should look closer to home and look at what London does and whether they are keeping hold of unprofitable work (in order to fill time) and which is having 2 effects - profitability generally will be lower, and secondly the regional offices will struggle with what i'm sure are ambitious targets and with one important workstream diminished. Still i suppose it's easier and less intellectually demanding to just close offices and save a few quid - as people usually say in these posts - you can only repeat that trick once.

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  • I cannot fathom why the Leeds office is included in this review (except to make up the numbers). For several years it has been one of the networks best performing offices (indeed there were rumours the partners might break away from the rest of DLA to seek greater profits).

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  • Leeds office won't be at risk...unlike the Sheffield office...

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  • They will review all UK offices practice by practice and office by office. I suspect that the losers will be Glasgow, Liverpool, Sheffield and possibly Birmingham.
    However their key weakness is London where they under-perform in the City practices of Finance and Corporate/M&A.
    On the other hand their Real Estate practice is still bloated despite being restructured several times.
    Interesting times ahead for DLA in the UK.
    PS Alright Lar - There are a number of US offices in the same City . . .

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  • Leeds has a stronger corporate market than Manchester. Surely the spotlight should be on Manchester?

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  • The London office is sub scale for a firm of DLA's size and needs to grow market share. That should be the focus for the UK practice.

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  • How is Nigey's investment doing?

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  • As someone who spent 10 years at the firm throughout its key growth during the noughties, I find it staggering that the firm has not addressed the one office which is falling apart at the seams: London. Too many occasions of changes in personnel across disciplines and public in-fighting, as well as a "conveyor-belt" environment. The firm needs to concentrate on a period of true consolidation, in particular in London.

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  • Is Tony reviewing himself to see if he is adding value or is he an unjustified expense.
    Or is it a case of all animlas are equal but some animals are more equal than others.
    In the case of the high billing Leeds Office if they are being treated as local labour no doubt they will have a choice and may even relish the opportunity !

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  • Given the arrogant and careless way in which the firm has grown, those of us sitting on the sides can't help but laugh

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  • As others have said - Leeds and Manchester will be fine - it's their smaller, poorer relations down the M62 and M1 in Liverpool and Sheffield which should be more worried.

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  • To: Anon 2.43pm, 12 June,
    In terms of growth, DLA Piper is the most successful law firm of the last 20 years. This kind of strategic overhaul arises as a result of their success.
    Those of you sitting on the sides, didn't make as clever choices as those within DLA Piper.

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  • The partners of DLA Piper just need to understand before approving anything that while they may avoid the chainsaw this time, Leatherface will be back for sequels.

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