DLA Piper makes London lay-offs

DLA Piper has made five lawyers redundant in its technology, media and commercial group.

The lay-offs, which were all in firm’s London office, included three assistant solicitors, a legal director and an associate solicitor.

A spokesman for the firm said the firm was examining staffing levels in all its practice groups as it faced the global economic downturn.

The redundancies, which were all voluntary, account for 13 per cent of the group’s non-partner workforce in the City.

The London technology, media and commercial team now has 18 partners, 11 associates, 20 solicitors and two legal directors.

Joint global practice head Simon Levine said: “The uncertain market conditions have affected some parts of our UK group’s business.

“Like most businesses. we are looking closely at ways to ensure that we can better face the unfolding economic challenges.”

The news comes in the same week that US firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft axed 11 jobs in London, over a fifth of the workforce, as part of a cull of 96 lawyers across the firm (TheLawyer.com, 31 July).