DLA Piper prepares to cut staff and lawyer numbers across Asia Pacific

DLA Piper is set to cut staff and lawyers across its Asia Pacific offices in the coming months.

Both fee-earners and back office staff are understood to be at risk of losing their jobs across the firm’s Asia Pacific offices, most likely meaning those in Australia and Hong Kong. It is not known how many lawyers and staff are at risk from the cuts, which were first reported on RollonFriday, though it is believed to be a relatively small number, not far into double figures.

A spokesperson for DLA Piper said: “Like all successful global businesses, DLA Piper continually assesses its size and structure against the backdrop of prevailing market conditions to ensure we’re meeting our clients’ needs as efficiently as possible.”

The news comes shortly after DLA Piper announced that it had put 251 staff in the UK into redundancy consultation while also considering closing its Glasgow office, its defendant insurance practice and merging its document production units into a single site (13 November 2012).

The expected cuts came after DLA Piper completed a strategic review of its UK operations.