DJ Freeman confirms final cuts

DJ Freeman has confirmed the final number of redundancies resulting from the disintegration of the firm and the formation of niche insurance/litigation practice Kendall Freeman.

Hardest hit have been the support staff, of whom 30 full and part time workers are being laid off.

Of DJ Freeman’s 45 partners, four could have been made redundent, although two have already found new homes and two are negotiating new positions. Six other fee-earners also faced redundancy, of which four are still looking for other positions.

Kendall Freeman will retain 21 of the partners, while 13 are joining Olswang. The four-partner property litigation team had already announced its departure to DLA, and Vivien King had announced her move to Bond Pearce. Paul Clark has joined South East firm Cripps Harries Hall, and Barbara Naftalin will go to Davies Arnold Cooper. The remaining two had both announced the departure from the firm before the split, one to retire, and the other to take time out from the profession.

All the trainees have been placed. Of them, 21 will remain at Kendall Freeman, four have gone to Olswang, two have gone to DLA and one is moving to Davies Arnold Cooper with Naftalin.

As the launch date for the new firm approaches, decisions on how many partners will be made up and what is to be done with the firm’s empty building are yet to be made.