Job losses are expected at national firm DWF after it announced it is reviewing over 80 posts as it restructures following a ‘period of significant change’ for the business.
Fee-earners and support staff across its offices in Birmingham, Scotland, London, Coventry, Teesside and Manchester are affected.
In London, the roles of 35 secretarial and administrative support staff are under review, although the firm anticipates that only two will be lost.
The firm says that the London employment team could see the loss of two or three posts.
Operations in Coventry and Teesside will be scaled back, with 11 posts under consultation, although some may be relocated to Birmingham or Newcastle.
Twenty-three roles could be affected in the banking and finance teams in Manchester.
Earlier this month, the firm began a review of its commercial services business in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Eleven roles across the two offices could be affected – seven fee-earning roles in banking and finance, corporate, real estate, infrastructure, environment and litigation; three secretarial roles in real estate and pensions and one IT role.
The firm, with a headcount of 2,500, says it has 78 vacancies and has encouraged individuals affected to apply for alternative internal vacancies where possible.
Over the last two years the firm has undergone a period of expansion, merging with north-east firm Crutes, Midlands firm Buller Jeffries, Scottish firm Biggart Baillie and niche insurance practice Fishburns.
Most recently, in January, in a pre-pack deal the firm acquired the now defunct Manchester firm Cobbetts, taking on over 400 members of the troubled firm’s staff.