DLA Piper is making 200 UK staff redundant.

18% of the firm's 1,100 UK business support staff are set to lose their jobs, with redundancies to be made across its IT, Finance, HR, Marketing & BD and Secretarial teams.

Some of the work they do will be automated, while the remainder is to be transferred to DLA's global service centre in Warsaw. In many respects, the writing has been on the wall since the firm opened its low-cost Polish centre in December 2015, when it piloted the global business services approach.

It's a grim day at the firm's UK offices, where staff were told of the impending consultation this morning. It begins on 31 May and will be completed by the end of July, at which point 200 staff will have to find new jobs. They are expected to leave their roles between October and next July.

    They stay over there, they take our jobs

DLA has received criticism in the past for providing only statutory minimum packages to those it makes redundant. However the firm has told RollOnFriday that this time, staff will receive an "enhanced" package, which will be nailed down in discussions with their employee representatives. DLA also said it would offer "career support" to potentially affected staff (though sadly not the kind of career support that involves continuing to provide them with a career).

COO Andrew Darwin said that the firm's rapid growth meant that "many of our systems and processes reflect the history of the firm rather than its future". He said a key part of DLA's strategy was to modernise its business service functions "in order to operate more effectively on a global basis and improve the quality, consistency and efficiency of the way we deliver our services to our clients".

Darwin added that, "Until the consultation is completed, we will not be making any final decisions, and we will be actively supporting our people during this process".


Anonymous 11 May 16 15:53

London hit the most, shocker. Those jealous northerners in the 'massive' northern sites.
Now Nige has gone and the charisma vacuum has taken it's place you'll be lucky to see a DLA piper office anywhere in 10 years.

Anonymous 11 May 16 17:40

Where do you get "London hit the most" - I think you'll find the majority are from offices north of Watford Gap