DWF confirms 38 job cuts following Cobbetts acquisition

DWF has confirmed that it is cutting 38 roles from its support team, with a further 21 support staff still in consultation over their futures.

The redundancy programme follows DWF’s acquisition of collapsed firm Cobbetts in February (6 February 2013). A consultation period over more than 140 jobs in the combined Central Services teams ended on Friday 22 March.

As of that date, according to a statement from DWF, 83 people had been placed into roles, 38 had been made redundant and a further 21 people were still in the selection process.

“Inevitably with an acquisition of this size and nature there was an element of overlap of roles within central services,” DWF said in its statement. “However, DWF continues to grow and currently has over 40 vacancies across the firm and all individuals confirmed as at risk have been encouraged to apply for these positions, where such roles meet their career aspirations. For those leaving the business DWF has a dedicated team providing a series of career workshops and continued individual support.”

Other former Cobbetts employees are also facing redundancy in their new firm. At the start of this month HL Legal, which acquired Cobbetts’ debt recovery business Incasso, said it had put an unspecified number of people – believed to be between 20 and 99 – into consultation (1 March 2013).

For more on DWF’s expansion, see our recent feature.