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DLA slashes Middle East headcount by nine per cent

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  • Sir Knowlesey's humungous sword is not gonna save him this time, no.

    Soon there will be an army of unemployed DLA associates, thirsting for his blood.

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  • As has been noted previously in DLA news comments on this site, DLA have a fatally flawed business model. Especially in the Middle East, where it has failed big time. It will fail elsewhere in time.
    The number of DLA cvs (partner and associate) on the market over the passed 12 months has been "eye watering" and "jaw dropping".
    The personal stories involved here will be tragic.
    Other regional firms planing "global domination" need to heed the lessons of DLA mismanagement and uncontrolled egotism.

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  • I very much doubt any of the leavers will be given any support or assistance at all to help with this difficult time. After all, why would DLA change the habits of a life time?

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  • The true figures of job losses at DLA are a lot lot higher that those reported - in the UK, Europe and in the Middle East. They are trying to save face.

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  • As stated above the true figures are a LOT higher..
    Especially when you consider that many many of the remaining staff are working reduced weeks and up to 20 % of the fee earners are on voluntary 'sabbatical' on a very small percentage of salary with no guarantee of a job at the end of it.
    So even on the figures as stated by DLA that has to be around 50% of staff who are not sitting at their desks today compared to this time last year.
    And many staff have simply resigned being unwilling to commit to long term leases when faced with such uncertainty and DLA certainly aren't counting those in their figures.
    Well done Knowles and Church.

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  • Sadly the DLA debacle in the Middle East was all too predictable.The firm under-researched the market and pursued a finger-in-the-wind strategy. Many other major firms were in the region, why not DLA?
    The expansion was mandated by a tiny coterie of highly-paid partners who felt no need to take professional management advice. They failed to heed the lessons of DLA's past experience in Asia where it was an early entrant to the Hong Kong market but consistently lost ground to later arrivals: having an expensive office does not mean you will get worthwhile business.
    The saddest part is the toll of misery of those who uprooted themselves from good jobs to follow the DLA pied piper and who are now forced on to the job market at the worst possible time.

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  • The last two posts from Anonymous have it.

    One suspects DLA's bank debts are staggering. Their key clients in the ME region are bust and their expansion was based on that funny idea that prices always go up.

    That the leaders of this firm have in the past drawn praise is extraordinary.

    Anicdotal evidence is that people hired into the ME by DLA as recently as 8 months ago are now being axed, seduced by the "fairy tale" spin of this unrealistic business model to leave their home countries and social security safety nets to relocate to places where there is none. The personal stories involved here are likely to be tragic.

    One could say that they have only themselves to blame, but in reality Church and Knowles are the ones who should have known better.

    But greed blinded the "leaders" then. Hopefully now their eyes are open, although that is doubtful as their personal ambition have always trumped the lives and careers of others, who they see as dispensable tokens on their personal path to riches, glory and honours.

    A shocking state of affairs.

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  • The DLA debacle is such that the under-performing and over-paid continue to persist and be rewarded whilst the life blood of the firm is sucked dry and cast off. Common sense must dictate that killing off the green shoots to leave the dead wood has to be an unsustainable strategy in the short, medium and long term.

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  • DLA has done a grave disservice to the young, ambitious lawyers who gave up good jobs and left their homes for the MIddle East, and who now find themselves looking for jobs in a terrible market.

    A lot of this is the result of bad management. Why is David Church still there?

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  • The real number of the people that have been "sacked" to preserve the ridiculously undeserved pay packets of a few very average but very rich equity partners is much much higher than that reported. Why doesn't the lawyer etc actually get their hacks to do some proper research and do some proper reporting rather than rely on pathetic press release spins from DLiAr.

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