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45 jobs at risk as Shakespeare Martineau launches post-merger redundancy round

Newly-merged firm Shakespeare Martineau has launched a redundancy consultation which could see the loss of 45 jobs, mainly within the firm’s business support group but also including fee earners.

As well as cuts across its business support unit, fee earner jobs in the London and Birmingham offices are also at risk following a business review that has been running since Shakespeares and SGH Martineau merged on 15 June.

Commenting on the consultation Jo Thornell, clients and markets director at Shakespeare Martineau, said: ‘Following the merger there has been an ongoing business review. Regrettably, the review has highlighted that in some areas we currently consider that there is a need to reduce the size of some of our teams.’

Consultations with staff are currently underway with the firm looking to make redundancies voluntary where it can.

Shakespeare Martineau currently has a legal force of around 900 people and is expected to generate a combined turnover of £75m. It has offices in Birmingham, Leicester, London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon and Sheffield with one international outpost in Brussels.