45 redundancies are in the offing at newly merged Shakespeare Martineau.

Despite the puff ("Spirit, talent and enterprise are what the market can expect from Shakespeare Martineau"), staff at the firm have been far from gruntled since last June's merger. Earlier this month RollOnFriday reported that staff from legacy Martineau were being paid 15% more than their colleagues who had been at Shakespeares. They now have bigger problems on their hands. A spokeswoman said that the firm needed to reduce the size of some of its teams and "45 jobs" had been identified as surplus to requirements in both the London and Birmingham offices.

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The consultation started today . Lawyers and non-fee earners will all be hit, although the firm wouldn't give a breakdown.