Dentons Signage in Atlanta. (John Disney/ ALM)
The U.S. job losses, first reported on last week by Above the Law, stem from Dentons’ combination with McKenna Long & Aldridge in 2015. Dentons will shed about 60 roles from its business services team as a result of redundancies created as a result of that union.
“In many U.S. locations, we have concluded moving from two offices to one and consolidated many systems, among other integration,” Dentons said in a statement. “Regrettably, this resulted in notifications of an overall reduction of approximately 70 positions in business services across our 22 U.S. offices.”
Dentons is also set to cut nine roles—two partners, three solicitors, three secretaries and a paralegal—from its office in Watford, England, an outpost outside London the firm picked up last year after absorbing a 75-strong team from the U.K.’s Matthew Arnold & Baldwin (MAB).
Dentons hired 11 partners, 34 associates and 30 paralegals from MAB, which disbanded shortly after the raid, meaning that the planned redundancies equate to roughly 12 percent of those that joined the growing global legal giant from the British firm in 2016, according to sibling publication Legal Week.
“The flexible resourcing model that we offer from our Watford office is designed to be responsive to the financial litigation and regulatory requirements of our banking clients; and following the conclusion of some major pieces of litigation, we can confirm that we are regrettably making a small reduction to the size of the team,” a Dentons spokesman said.
The cutbacks in the U.K. come almost a year after Dentons said it would slash around 50 business services jobs in the country after opening a back office operations center in Warsaw.
Dentons, busy in recent years gobbling up law firms across the globe, has continued its expansion binge in 2017. Earlier this month, the firm announced plans to open an office in Amsterdam after absorbing 70-lawyer Dutch firm Boekel de Nerée. The move came less than a week after Dentons completed its combination with Costa Rica’s Muñoz Global. The Central American deal saw a founder of the Costa Rican firm break away ahead of joining Dentons.
The American Lawyer reported last year on something similar happening to Dentons in Mexico, where the firm’s effort to absorb local shop López Velarde, Heftye y Soria led a former name partner at the latter to go his own way. Nonetheless, Dentons has continued to grow in Mexico, as the firm’s local arm expanded to Monterrey earlier this year.