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DLA to shed 40 jobs across UK offices

DLA Piper has launched a redundancy consultation that could lead to up to 40 job losses across its UK offices. The firm is reviewing 15 to 20 fee-earning roles related to real estate and finance across a number of practice groups in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Glasgow. The redundancy consultation will also put […]

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Addleshaw Goddard has brought in a former Wragge & Co partner to help develop a network of Indian relationship firms. David Birch worked at Wragges for 30 years and helped major corporates from the UK and North America invest in India. Birch said: “My role is to assist in the implementation of the international strategy […]

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FFW in jobs consultation with 175 support staff

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has launched the largest redundancy consultation of the UK legal market so far, after starting talks with 175 support staff in London. The firm has 300 support staff, but has said that it is trying to minimise the losses, adding that at least 40 positions are under threat. A spokesperson for […]

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Proskauer Rose makes 60 redundancies

Proskauer Rose has become the latest US firm to announce layoffs, shedding 35 associates and 25 support staff. A statement released by the firm said: “We are taking these actions in response to the worldwide economic crisis, as well as an unprecedented reduction in our historical lawyer attrition rate, which requires that we align our […]

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