DLA slashes Middle East headcount by nine per cent

DLA Piper has cut nine per cent of its Middle East workforce in a second round of job cuts in the region.

A total of 22 people including one partner, eight fee earners and 13 support staff have been cut from across the firm’s offices in the region, with Dubai experiencing about a third of the total job losses.

A spokesperson confirmed that notice periods varied on a case by case basis according to “the contractual situation”.

Transactional practice areas including corporate, finance and projects and real estate have been most heavily affected by the cuts.

Regional managing partner David Church commented: “Unfortunately, staffing adjustments across the Middle East are unavoidable as the market is still impacted by the global downturn.

“We have conducted a review to realign resources with current demand and have reduced our staff levels across the region by nine per cent.  This is a difficult decision and we regret the impact it’ll have on our people, who we’ll be given support and assistance to help them through this transition.”

This follows on from the loss of eight per cent of DLA Piper’s Middle East fee-earning workforce in April this year (3 April 2009).