An insider at Brethertons Solicitors has told RollOnFriday that the firm has made over 35 staff redundant.
The source said that the Midlands-based firm had just made the redundancies. The firm refused to give any comment, so the numbers may differ from this - if you're at the firm and have been affected, do get in touch.
In March RollOnFriday was told that Brethertons had asked all employees to take a 15% pay cut. Again, the firm refused to comment.
Brethertons: as silent as a stone.
Other firms have announced in recent months that they will be making redundancies in response to the impact of Covid-19. In June, Reed Smith confirmed to RollOnFriday that "a group of fewer than 20 lawyers" would be made redundant in London (roughly 5% of the London office's 350 lawyers), and also fewer than 10 other staff. Sandy Thomas, the firm's global managing partner, said at the time that it had "made the difficult decision" to ensure the "business emerges from the pandemic in a position of strength".
US firm Dorsey & Whitney has also made job cuts. Tim Maloney, head of the firm's London office, confirmed to RollOnFriday in June that there would be a "reduction in the firm's workforce" in order to "address the financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic."
With the government's furlough scheme coming to an end in October, it remains to be seen whether other firms make job cuts in the coming months.