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DLA Piper to Close Glasgow Office, Sell Insurance Practice

Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) -- DLA Piper LLP and Allen & Overy LLP are among international law firms moving jobs to cheaper locations or cutting positions to reduce costs.

DLA Piper plans to close its office in Glasgow, Scotland, and sell its defendant-insurance practice, spokesman Nick Bell said in a statement today. The firm is also shrinking its multi-site document production unit, he said.

Earlier this month, the firm opened an office in Seoul, headed by Daniel Lee, managing partner for Korea. DLA Piper has a total of about 4,200 lawyers in more than 30 countries.

The closing of the firm’s Glasgow office comes as some global law firms restructure their workforce. Allen & Overy is transferring 43 support staff to Belfast from continental Europe and the U.S., the firm said in a statement today.

The office was opened in 2011 to provide support services that had previously been based in the firm’s London headquarters at a lower cost, the firm said. Allen & Overy is offering relocation packages to its staff in an effort to minimize job losses, according to the statement.

“We understand that these changes will be difficult for those of our staff in each location who are affected, and we are committed to supporting them and treating them fairly,” Allen & Overy global managing partner Wim Dejonghe said. “But with low economic growth across many developed markets, we must ensure we are operating in a way that will deliver the cost efficiencies our clients expect of us.”

Another U.K. law firm, Eversheds LLP, has proposed a plan to close its 29-person Copenhagen office and open one in Beijing, the Financial Times reported today.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lindsay Fortado in London at lfortado@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dick Schumacher at dschumacher@bloomberg.net

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