Redundancy rut

If you’re from the UK, good news – the Government says we’re 1.4 per cent happier than we were last year. According to the Office for National Statistics, the proportion of people rating their life satisfaction as seven or more out of 10 has risen from 75.9 per cent to 77 per cent in a year. Hooray.

 So if you’re grinning like a Cheshire cat in a fish farm, stop reading here. Why? Because today’s website is as gloomy as the weather. Hill Dickinson has axed 83 roles, Taylor Wessing has cut 22 secretarial positions and DWF has scrapped 38 roles.

If that leaves you with a face like a wet weekend, then maybe we can warm you up with this week’s feature, All 4 One. We met up with Channel 4’s legal team to talk about how they get some of the network’s most controversial shows through a normally closed door. That should bring your happiness back up 1.4 per cent.

Also on TheLawyer.com:

  • A majority of the DLA Piper staff asked to relocate to Edinburgh from the firm’s defunct Glasgow office have turned down the offer, with just eight out of 30 staff deciding to make the move:
  • Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has delayed the release of its PEP figure until September as insiders claim profits have dropped by as much as 40 per cent
  • A client of financially-strapped Midlands firm Challinors has complained to the solicitors’ professional watchdog after it emerged he could lose some £400,000 loaned to the partners over the last two years – in a move that has fuelled calls for the authorities to intervene in the practice