DMH Stallard has made 35 staff redundant as a result of the impact of Covid, while Shoosmiths is looking to cut as many as 52 employees.
DMH Stallard, which employs around 240 people, stressed that only one compulsory redundancy was made and that it received 34 volunteers when it embarked on the process in June.
Managing Partner Richard Pollins said the volunteers were offered "generous severance packages", which is just as well given the state of the job market when they leave this month.
Pollins described how, in March, DMH Stallard "faced an unprecedented crisis and considerable uncertainty" and that work levels "dropped quickly", initially by over 30%.
DMH Stallard reduced partner drawings, cut bonuses and furloughed just over 100 employees, topping up their pay to 80% where the government scheme fell short.
When the end of year financials in June came through, they were "better than expected", said Pollins, though a 10% drop in revenue on the year before. So the firm increased its bonus pot for employees and fixed share partners by 200% on the amount previously reserved, and paid £500 compensation to each of the furloughed staff.
But pay cuts will remain in place for staff, said Pollins, while 20% of partners’ drawings will be retained "subject to performance".
And furloughed staff being made redundant will miss out on the £500 comp, said a source, because they're off on 31 October and the payment is being made on 1 November.
Shoosmiths is also making job cuts and has placed 52 roles at risk, mostly affecting those in business services.
It announced the plans after "identifying more efficient ways of working in recent months during the coronavirus pandemic". It said that the firm’s performance "remained strong".
“Our aim is to avoid compulsory redundancies wherever possible", said the firm in a statement. "We are mindful this is a difficult time for all individuals and we will continue to support all colleagues during this time”.