Dundas & Wilson concludes redundancy talks with up to 30 jobs axed

Almost 30 jobs are being cut at Scotland-headquartered firm Dundas & Wilson following a consultation process.

In February the firm confirmed that due to the “nature and level of demand for its services” it would be considering redundancies (24 February 2012).

While the firms mooted cutting staff and partner positions, chairman David Hardie confirmed the cuts only relate to staff at the moment.

He said: “We’re going through a process which must be seen in the context of a wider reshaping of our business and what we’re doing.

“We’ve opened the Aberdeen office, brought in a team form Stephenson Harwood on the banking side and in parts of the business we have too many heads.

“Combine that with a difficult market and people tend to stay rather than leave and we end up with too many lawyers in too many areas because of a lack of natural wastage.”

Hardie said the positions being cut are spread across the firm’s offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London and that discussions about when people leave are “bespoke” to each individual.

He added that partners’ performance is reviewed each year in a separate process.

The firm is currently being managed on an interim basis by head of performance and resources Caryn Penley, who also leads the firm’s debt, recovery and restructuring practice, and head of operational excellence Allan Wernham, who also heads the firm’s real estate team. The interim team was put in place in response to managing partner Donald Shaw stepping down part-way through his term (8 March 2012).

A new managing partner is expected to be in place by September.