National firm Shoosmiths has embarked on a 30-day redundancy consultation which could result in the loss of over 50 jobs.

In a statement released today, the firm said it has identified more efficient ways of working in recent months, during which the firm’s performance has ‘remained strong’.

‘In total, 52.5 posts have been placed at risk. The 30-day consultation period has begun, with most roles at risk being support roles,’ a spokesperson said.

‘Our aim is to avoid compulsory redundancies wherever possible. We are mindful this is a difficult time for all individuals and we will continue to support all colleagues during this time.’

Earlier this month, national firm Freeths laid off 19 lawyers and axed 11 support staff roles, while 36 employees have applied for 'voluntary redundancy'.

Redundancy consultations have also been announced by Ince, Weightmans, Squire Patton Boggs, Irwin Mitchell, Reed Smith, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and BLM.