National firm Weightmans has begun a redundancy consultation as part of a wider restructuring strategy. According to a statement released by the firm, a ‘very small number’ of staff will be affected. The decision forms part of a wider business restructuring strategy which began before the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

A spokesperson for the firm said: ‘There are areas in the firm where the work has reduced gradually in recent years and as with any commercial business, our structure must alter at times to reflect that.

‘Of course we have not been immune to the unexpected events of recent months and we have implemented a number of measures designed to protect jobs, keep people safe and maintain the high standard of service our clients are accustomed to.’

The firm said it hopes to come to a ‘satisfactory arrangement’ with staff affected by the consultation.

Earlier this week, City firm Squire Patton Boggs said a small number of UK administrative staff could lose their jobs as part of a redundancy consultation.

It is feared more job losses could on the horizon as the government’s job retention scheme comes to an end next month.