Exclusive: mass redundancies feared at DWF
22 March 2013
Around 100 employees are believed to be at risk of redundancy at DWF.
An insider has told RollOnFriday that 99 support staff have been put into a consultation process. And given the recent acquisitive nature of DWF, which has snapped up five firms in under a year
, it is not surprising that there may now be some job losses.
But 99 is a very precise number, and by a happy coincidence for the firm, the consultation period only has to last for 30 days when fewer than 100 staff are at risk. However rumours are circulating that other staff have been culled, bringing the number to over 100 and obliging the firm to conduct a 90 day consultation. And if that was the case, then the firm would have to pay all its unfortunate victims for the extra 60 days.
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But surely a sizeable law firm would go through the process absolutely by the book? A spokeswoman for the firm originally told RollOnFriday that she thought the numbers were "incorrect
" and would check the position with HR. But that was over a week ago, and despite repeated requests for comment none has been forthcoming. So the mystery remains.