DLA Piper puts 251 in consultation across UK as firm mulls Glasgow closure

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  • Welcome to Angel's World. Money matters, people don't---who really thinks that is a sensible mantra for a people business in anything but the shortest term?

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  • Things not looking good for Sheffield
    It has a lot of defendant insurance staff on that site and DLA were always a stronger Leeds prescence if one of the Yorkshire offices is to go........
    Birmingham will lose their Insurance staff too but DLA will keep a site in the "second city"

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  • @ Anonymous | 14-Nov-2012 12:24 pm

    Last I checked, law firms were not charities or some kind of Hippie commune. DLA has to become more cost-efficient as it grows (eg, as good as its various PD units may be, it makes no sense to have multiple units for ONE country with one time zone) and more profitable to attract and retain the sort of talent to be competitive in the arena that it apparently seeks to play in. Meanwhile, those fine lawyers who have little or no interest in making money can join the civil or other public services.

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  • There doesn't have to be a "next".

    There has clearly been a review and the firm has reached a decision. Multiple spates of redudancies doesn't make sense if they've already spotted the problem. They may as well declare all at once.

    There's a lot of hostile comments. My feeling is that every so often one firm becomes the butt of people's jokes / the focus of critics. The spotlight is currently on DLA Piper.

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  • Lets not forget amongst all the emotion that DLA is a business and needs to operate like one. The legal sector has been blessed in that it has escaped up until the last year or so what many corporations have had to do for the past 5 years. i.e. become more efficient in the way they operate. A cursory glance at the figures above should tell anyone that with that many DP people (who I am sure are all wonderful individuals) DLA must be creating more documents that the rainforest can keep up with ( I think not) Well done DLA for being proactive and transparent in your communication around this (obviously) difficult decision.

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  • Agree, Liverpool and Sheffield must be on borrowed time too.

    Expect DLA will eventually just have offices in London, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

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  • As an embittered ex-DLAer, I feel very sorry for those that are under threat but quite why they need over a hundred typists is not explained. It looks like a good business move, tragic though it is for the individuals involved.
    I doubt there'll be another phase. If Liverpool or Sheffield were on the radar what better time to do it than now? Those who don't know the firm don't realise that Sheffield is probably the best managed and most profitable of all the offices. I don't know Liverpool but I'm guessing it's profitable enough to have clung on for so long. The real basket cases are Birmingham and London.

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  • @Anonymous | 14-Nov-2012 1:03 pm
    Just wait until it happens to you (and I can only hope it does given your tone) and let's see if you are so understanding of such action. It is easy to be so unconcerned and unmoved about such matters when it doesn’t affect you.

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  • Anonymous | 14-Nov-2012 2:35 pm
    As an ex-DLAer (there are so many of us) I agree entirely with your assessment. Very few people outside the firm understand the significance of the Sheffield office or the number of major clients based out that office that DLA would lose if the office closed. Leeds is a powerhouse though so posts suggesting that might close are barmy.

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  • I agree with the ex-DLAers above. People that pick out the Sheffield office for the chop obviously don't know the firm very well. It is one of the most profitable offices, manages some major clients, is home to a lot of central support functions and has a lot of history (just look at the number of ex-Sheffield people at the top of the firm). And of all the offices, it is arguably the least dependent on its local market.

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  • Seems to be a few DLA Sheffield'ers talking the place up. Hope Mr Angel is reading!
    Lets not forget offices don't mange clients, partners do.
    Slot those partners into other offices and the client moves too. History is sentimentality and there's none of that there. If Sheffield is such a crucial hub why not put the central DP there too in the space to be left by the insurance team?
    The ravens/rats, whose departure to another city would be the death knell are the army of accountants!

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  • As a client of DLA's I attended their Skyfall Premiere evening in Scotland only week's ago, rather indulgent for a firm that knew it was about to take such a drastic step. Very disappointing to see such a lack of commitment to their Scottish clients.

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  • Does anyone know how this plan could affect a student who has been offered a training contract with the firm to commence in 2014 in Scotland...?

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  • After giving almost a quarter of a century to this firm I find it very offensive to be referred to by Mr Angel as "wastage". DP techs are highly trained and skilled and provide much more than a typing service. I hope he has a nice comfortable Christmas with his £2million remuneration package (which would probably cover the salaries of all DP techs at risk) while we now have a Christmas full of doubt. I hope he chokes on his Turkey!

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  • London and Birmingham may be the basket cases but can anybody see DLA closing either?

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  • I'm another ex DLA person, several years back I had a similar experience to the current crop of redundacies. They offered me another job, I told them to shove it where the sun doesn't shine. Oh, one other thing ... Leeds? International business centre eh? lol.

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  • DLA is looking increasingly like a firm that wants as many flags as it can possibly plant to be planted in emerging markets around the world. Nothing wrong in that. However there are some anomolies like the two offices in both Yorkshire and "Lancashire", along with two in Baltimore and three in greater San Diego (!!!!). Doubtless those offices serve specific purposes, but in the longer term the firm clearly has global ambitions andthe firm probably sees a future with multiple offices in China rather than having four along the M62 corridor (Sheffield being just 30 or so miles south of the M62!).

    Whilst regional offices have a future for now, as another poster suggests, there is as slow yet steady march of Partners who are leaving the Northern offices for firms who might better appreciate their talents,as is witnessed by the recent resignation of a team of for Real Estate partners in Manchester.

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  • So that's it! That's the great strategic plan that Mr 'Man with a Plan' Angel has been slaving over? With respect, a sixth form business studies student with access to a map, a basic understanding of P&Ls and a fair dollop of nous could have devised this one in double quick time. The more pressing issue is what happens to the suits responsible for strategy? -

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  • I am one of these DP technicians up for redundancy. I cannot believe the way in which we are being treated. The closure of DP units across the board is going to be a disaster and backfire big time! Maybe Mr Angel could spend a week in a unit to see EXACTLY what goes on and how much DP are relied on especially out of hours and then he might reconsider, although I feel the decision has already been made!!

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  • Having witnessed the aftermath of these cuts this week and the distress it has caused, I am disgusted at how Senior Management of the firm have failed to even acknowledge what is going on. They have left their UK Managing Partner to communicate the news and Tony Angel is as invisible as always. Nigel Knowles even had the distaste to do an update blog on Africa the day after the news was announced!

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