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Scottish jobs threatened at law firm DLA Piper

Dozens of legal jobs may be lost in Scotland after international law firm DLA Piper announced plans to restructure its UK business.

The firm has begun consulting on the possible closure of its Glasgow office and its defendant insurance practice.

It is also looking to consolidate its document production unit into one site.

About 250 UK posts are at risk, including 85 in Glasgow and 10 in Edinburgh, following a "comprehensive review" of its UK operations.

The consultation will begin on or around 28 November and is expected to be completed early in the new year.

About two-thirds of the jobs at risk in Scotland involve support staff.

DLA Piper said some vacancies would be available in its Edinburgh office but did not disclose the number.

Under the proposals, the document production unit will be consolidated, drawing staff from eight UK offices to one location in Leeds.

The company also said it was looking to close or sell off its defendant insurance practice, preferably as a going concern.

A DLP Piper spokesman said the review of its UK business had been 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".

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