Layoffs, United Kingdom / Great Britain

Nationwide International Layoff Watch: DLA Piper

DLA Piper logo Above the Law blog.jpgAnd now, some layoff news from the other side of the pond, courtesy of

DLA Piper is conducting a firmwide review of staffing levels, resulting in five redundancies in the firm’s technology, media and ­communications (TMC) group.

The layoffs, which were all in London, include three assistants, a legal director and an associate.

The cuts, which were all voluntary, coincided with the loss of IP partner Richard Penfold, who left for US firm Heller Ehrman. A DLA spokesperson wished Penfold good luck. He joins Heller’s year-old City office as its eleventh partner.

Those Brits can be so confusing sometimes. The headline refers to five lawyers being made “redundant,” but some of those job titles — “assistant,” “legal director” — sound like positions that would be held by non-lawyers in the United States.
And the “cuts” are described as “voluntary.” What does it mean for layoffs to be voluntary? Isn’t their involuntary nature the whole point of layoffs?
DLA review sees five TMC lawyers redundant [The Lawyer]

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