Dundas & Wilson confirms 28 redundancies, but staff won't be shot.
05 April 2012
Dundas & Wilson has confirmed that 28 members of staff will lose their jobs as the firm's redundancy consultation
reaches its end. However the firm's Chairman has helpfully confirmed that the affected staff won't actually be shot.
It's been a rough month for the Scottish firm. Only a couple of weeks ago Managing Partner Donald Shaw stepped back from his management duties and returned to fee earning
. Perhaps no surprise after the failed merger
with Bircham Dyson Bell, as well as rumours of fistfuls of partners planning to leave the firm. And now 28 employees are to be canned across the firm's Edinburgh, Glasgow and London offices and across a range of practice areas.
As usual, partners are not affected by the cuts, and will continue to survive the downturn on their £325,000 each. It was left to Dundas' Chairman David Hardie - who had previously "welcomed
" Shaw's decision to step down - to explain the redundancies. In a PR masterstroke, he told The Herald
that "It is not that we have taken out 30 people and shot them
". That's generous.
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The firm refused to confirm the split between lawyers and support staff affected. In an official, non-execution based statement, a spokesman for the firm said "the firm has conducted a review of its client teams. Following this we have concluded that it will be necessary to reshape some practice areas, leading to the loss of up to 28 positions across the firm’s UK offices