Dundas & Wilson concludes redundancy talks with up to 30 jobs axed By Margaret Taylor 2 April 2012 17:17 17 December 2015 13:23 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 2 April 2012 at 19:45 ‘natural wastage’? Conjures up some interesting imagery… Reply Link Hardingham 3 April 2012 at 09:24 A classic example of how not to run a mid-firm and likely a sign that we will see increasing divergence in the market away from the middling players. Big corporates will always go to the magic circle et al for their major projects, but there will definitely be increasing room at the bottom for smaller, more canny firms to take on the work that the likes of Dundas have been getting. It doesn’t take a genius client to see that the likes of Field Grieb can do some of this stuff for a fraction of the price. And how! Reply Link Fred Glib 3 April 2012 at 10:27 ‘The likes of Field Grieb’? The likes of WHO? I would lay my mother’s soul on Hardingham’s real name being either ‘Field’ or ‘Grieb’. Reply Link Hardingham 3 April 2012 at 11:49 @Fred Glib Then you clearly aren’t much of an expert on the South West Kent / North East Sussex legal market (excluding Tunbridge Wells) Reply Link Anonymous 3 April 2012 at 14:25 Why no reporting of Hardie’s – taking out and shooting them – comment. Staggering lack of awareness/compassion. Reply Link Anonymous 3 April 2012 at 15:27 http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/30-scots-law-jobs-face-axe.17171655 disgusting Reply Link Anon 3 April 2012 at 15:51 A firm going nowhere at increasing speed. If they don’t their act together ASAP they will be the next Halliwells. Reply Link Mr F 3 April 2012 at 16:20 Whatever the view is on this firm, this story is awful and I feel for the people who are going to lose their jobs. Reply Link Anonymous 3 April 2012 at 16:27 A firm led by donkeys. Used to be a proud and decent firm, now reduced to confusion and PR disasters. “Mr Hardie said: “We are not calling it a programme. It is not one thing being done to a lot of different people. It is individual discussions with individual outcomes.”” You can call it what you like David, the result is the same. Chairman David Hardie told The Herald: “It is not that we have taken out 30 people and shot them. It is about how can we find the best use of them for our business or do we have to let some of them go?” A Clarkson moment. Reply Link Anon 3 April 2012 at 17:09 Despicable, crass, short-sighted and incompetent management. Reply Link Magnus Hardingham 3 April 2012 at 17:43 ‘Then you clearly aren’t much of an expert on the South West Kent / North East Sussex legal market (excluding Tunbridge Wells)’ LOL-this should be a special subject on Mastermind. The next contestant could then specialise in: ‘The increasing marginilisation of vole habitats in North-Western Lincolnshire’ or something similar. Reply Link Fred Glib 3 April 2012 at 18:08 @Hardingham. You’re right, I can’t claim to be an expert on the ‘North East Sussex market’. But, er, is anyone? And what on EARTH is the relevance of that micro-slice of the regional legal market to Dundas & Wilson? Reply Link Anonymous 3 April 2012 at 20:42 Have just read the comment from David Hardie in tonight’s newspaper ” It is not that we have taken out 30 people and shot them” absolutely disgusting insult to your staff who served you well. Time to step down too David. I’d like to see how your PR dept deal with the backlash tomorrow. I hope the new management team invest in their people and not splash the cash on new wallpaper & designer chairs. I doubt it. Reply Link Magnus Hardingham 4 April 2012 at 00:31 The kicker in the previous comment was ‘excluding Tunbridge Wells’. Twas as if uttered by the great Mr. Alan Partridge himself. Reply Link Field of Fibs 4 April 2012 at 00:47 A search for Field Grieb leads straight back to The Lawyer. Witness these comments on a previous article. I could not agree more with the last one. Anonymous | 10-Nov-2011 5:13 pm It is a shame these things always happen behind closed doors. Mr Mayhew would have been a first class addition to the Green Team of Field Grieb Litigators but the big boys bagged him first. Next time. Watch out City!!!!!!!! Anonymous | 10-Nov-2011 5:52 pm I’m afraid it is well known in City circles that the “prankster” who keeps posting hilarious messages about the fictional Kent law firm Field Grieb is the sole proprietor of a joke that is not that funny! Reply Link Glen Hoddle 4 April 2012 at 09:23 In the circumstances, Hardie’s “take out and shot comment” is nothing short of outrageous. Reply Link Anonymous 4 April 2012 at 11:56 Timber! Reply Link gargantuan 10 April 2012 at 09:40 I spent some time working at this firm a number of years ago and found the management to be completely out of touch. There was a clear “them and us” culture in the partnership and on one occasion Hardie even told a gathering of fee earners that they were all “expendable”. Totally outdated people management skills with little regard for the fee earning staff, and it looks likes little has changed. Reply Link Anonymous 10 April 2012 at 19:51 I hear David Hardie has been forced to leave a voicemail apologising to current staff for his “its not that we have taken out 30 people and shot them” comment. Is this correct? Bet he hasn’t contacted any of the dismissed staff to apologise. Although no doubt he will eventually be forced to if the outcry continues. Unless they are all hiding from the man with the big gun. Reply Link Anonymous 12 April 2012 at 16:33 Astonishing comment. If he were one of my partners I would take HIM outside and shoot him. He doesn’t think making 30 people redundant was that big a deal, yet these are real people with real mortgages to pay. Business is business but he should have some compassion. Like some other long standing partners in relatively profitable firms who have done rather well over the years, he unfortunately appears to have lost his grip on reality. Reply Link Anonymous 10 May 2012 at 03:33 Mr Hardie, institutionalized within one Firm since 1976, has probably never been far outside the Scottish Central Belt in his empty life! Of course it would only be akin to being shot if one were to loose a Partner take home salary of 320,000 plus and how could we expect him to understand since he’s only known the warm embrace of Mother D&W since time began. From tired euphemism to insensitive, thoughtless, mouth crime: That’s what you get when you appoint the likes of Mr David Hardie WS as Chairman! Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.