Lovells and DLA Piper announce redundancies

Lovells and <a class=DLA Piper announce redundancies” />DLA Piper and Lovells have joined the growing list of law firms embracing ­drastic job cuts as a means of shoring up their businesses.

As reported on The Lawyer.com (9 February), Lovells has begun a redundancy programme that will see up to 94 London staff lose their jobs.

DLA Piper, which laid off five lawyers last August then 15 lawyers and 16 staff in December, has launched a fresh redundancy consultation that will see the loss of 30 lawyers and 110 support staff in the UK.

At Lovells a total of 18 lawyers are at risk of redundancy, with 43 support staff, 27 secretaries and six professional support lawyers also likely to lose their jobs.

The ;firm’s ;partners and trainees will not be affected by the redundancy ­programme.

In terms of practice areas, while support staff across the board will be affected, fee-earning lawyers in the ­dispute resolution, business restructuring and insolvency, IP and pensions practices will not be part of the ­redundancy consultation.

At DLA Piper trainees are ;immune ;to ;the ­redundancy consultation, although the firm is inviting a number of those due to start in 2009 to defer their start dates until 2010.

An ;internal ;email announcement seen by The Lawyer told staff: “There’s been a downturn in economic activity since we last reviewed resource and when we budgeted for our 2009 business year. We expect the current market conditions to continue for some time.

“As part of our response to the current business ­environment and after considerable thought, we are, unfortunately, proposing a number of redundancies, which will affect lawyer and support staff communities.”

The consultations take the total number of UK legal jobs either lost or under threat to 2,186.

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