DLA review sees five TMC lawyers redundant

DLA Piper is conducting a firmwide review of staffing levels, resulting in five redundancies in the firm’s technology, media and ­communications (TMC) group.

The layoffs, which were all in London, include three assistants, a legal director and an associate.

The cuts, which were all voluntary, coincided with the loss of IP partner Richard Penfold, who left for US firm Heller Ehrman. A DLA spokesperson wished Penfold good luck. He joins Heller’s year-old City office as its eleventh partner.

DLA’s London TMC team now has 18 partners, 11 associates, 20 solicitors and two legal directors.

Joint global practice head Simon Levine said: “The uncertain market conditions have affected some parts of our UK group’s business. Like most businesses, we are looking closely at ways to ensure that we can better face the unfolding economic challenges.”