International firm DLA Piper has put 251 jobs at risk across the UK after launching a review of its domestic business.
The firm said today it is considering the closure of its Glasgow office, the closure or divestment of its defendant insurance practice and the consolidation of its multi-site document production unit. Talks will begin later this month with staff about a redundancy package. The cuts will affect around 10% of DLA Piper’s UK workforce.
Closure of the Glasgow office closure would put 85 jobs at risk, while 50 positions, mostly in Sheffield and Birmingham, are affected by the changes to the defendant insurance practice.
Document production units across Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield account for 116 staff members. A consultation forum will be set up in each office to allow employees to have their say, irrespective of numbers in each, the firm said.
In a statement, a spokesman for DLA Piper said the announcement follows a review of UK business and was designed to ensure ‘strategic objectives and the needs of our clients’.
The consultation, which does not include trainees, will start on 28 November and be completed early next year.
DLA Piper is not the first top 10 firm to seek to restructure its UK operation in 2012. In April, Herbert Smith confirmed plans to cut staff numbers at its London headquarters by 51, while Slaughter and May reduced secretarial staff by 44 earlier this month.