DLA Piper cuts to hit Sheffield

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Global law firm DLA Piper has unveiled plans to cut around 250 jobs – including posts at its office in Sheffield.

The group, which was founded in Sheffield and lays claim to being the world’s biggest law firm, says it is consulting on the sale or closure of its defendant insurance department, the centralisation of document production operations in Leeds and the closure of its office in Glasgow, with the loss of 90-plus jobs.

The defendant insurance department employs 50 people in Sheffield and Birmingham, including, it is thought, two partners in the Sheffield office, which is the top ranked defendant personal injury practice in Yorkshire, according to Chambers guide to the legal profession.

Meanwhile, its document production operations involve 116 people, including 14 people in Sheffield.

The potential cuts could affect about 10 per cent of DLA Piper’s workforce

A DLA Piper spokesperson said: “Following a comprehensive review of our UK business designed to ensure that we are operating in a manner, in the locations, and across the practice areas that support both our strategic objectives and the needs of our clients, we have begun a period of consultation in the UK.”