DLA Piper freezes Australian partner remuneration

DLA Piper’s Australian managing partner Andrew Darwin has told staff and partners not to expect pay rises as the firm had failed to meet targets in the region.

He told staff in an email yesterday (27 June) not to expect pay rises as the firm had failed to meet its targets in the region.

The firm has confirmed the authenticity of the leaked email which said: “Many partners will have no increases or, in some cases, a reduction in their remuneration.”

For other staff, “there will be no increase in base salary this year and for others there will only be a modest increase”.

Despite a number of international tie-ups in Australia, the domestic legal market is slow. The country was shielded from the effects of the global economic crisis for many years but it is now starting to feel the pinch.

Darwin took on the role of Australia managing partner in March (1 March 2013), having formerly been UK country head. His relocation followed a series of partner departures in Australia.

The firm’s revenue results in the past five years show that its Asia Pacific practice contributed less than 10 per cent of the total revenue of its international network (outside the US) until the Australian merger, which took regional contribution to 26 per cent. The move of Darwin to Australia is in line with the importance of the Australian market to DLA Piper’s international development.

The firm made no comment other than to confirm the leaked email was genuine and the content accurate.

The email was first revealed by RollonFriday.