Leagas Delaney and J. Walter Thompson announce staff cuts

J. Walter Thompson and Leagas Delaney have made redundancies at

their London offices.



There are 19 job losses at JWT while Leagas Delaney is laying off eight

staff.



JWT announced its redundancies last week along with cuts across the

business, but the majority are in the creative department. The agencies'

cutbacks have been forced by the downturn in the economy. It is also

facing large overheads from an impending move to Knightsbridge. The

losses were announced by Simon Bolton, JWT's chief executive.



Those made redundant by JWT include the creatives Siggi Halling and

Davis Mackersey, responsible for the agency's "dino time" spot for

Dairylea Dunkers.



Leagas Delaney's staff cuts follow the collapse of a proposed takeover

by the Canadian group Envoy. The agency also lost most of its Barclays

account to Bartle Bogle Hegarty in August. The art director, Michelle

Taylor, and the copywriter, Julie Oakley, who won a silver at Campaign's

Poster Awards for their "what's more painful?" Harrods work, were among

those made redundant.



Cuts at JWT and Leagas Delaney follow job losses at Abbott Mead Vickers

BBDO and M&C Saatchi earlier this month. AMV, an agency which did not

make staff cuts in the downturn of the early 90s, laid off 18 people,

many from support services departments, and M&C has also made cutbacks

in light of the economic situation.



HHCL & Partners, hit by recent account losses, including Egg and

Amazon.com, has also made redundancies.



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