A Manchester firm founded by a former DLA Piper partner has gone into administration.

A notice in the London Gazette confirmed administrators were appointed at EOS Law on 4 December.

The boutique firm, established by DLA’s former Manchester office managing partner Simon Woolley in 2010, is believed to have employed around 25 staff. According to Companies House records, five LLP members have left the firm since April.

Dermot Power and Patrick Lannagan of accountancy firm BDO have been appointed as administrators but neither was available for comment.

No one from EOS could be contacted and the firm’s website is now out of service.

Manchester has been hit hard in 2013 by the ongoing financial difficulties in the legal profession.

Two of the city’s highest-profile firms, Cobbetts and Pannone, have both been bought by rivals this year having suffered falling profit margins.

According to a poll in March, almost one-fifth of law firm managing partners in the north-west of England were considering closing their firm down.