Eversheds, a firm which promotes itself as a great place to work, has made its Nottingham-based legal systems team redundant.
Of the nine lawyers and staff, three were given statutory redundancy, three took voluntary redundancy and three resigned.
An Eversheds insider said: "How can you reconcile the firm's vision and values with only offering statutory redundancy after eight years at the firm?" Eversheds managing partner David Gray has stated it is the firm's vision to be a "great place to work" and has instituted a vigorous system of values, including a claim that "we will take care of each other and we will treat everyone with respect, fairness and courtesy".
The redundancies are a result of the departure of the group's only Nottingham partner, Paul Llewellyn, to Reed Smith's Coventry office earlier this month.
Eversheds says it hopes to keep the team's clients, which include Boots, Halfords, Nottingham City Council, Royal Mail and 3M.
Claims management head Brendan Padfield said the Nottingham group brought in £1.9m at its peak, but recently this had fallen.
Padfield said: "Paul's departure caused us to review this unit. It is not a decision that's been taken lightly at all, but it was an inescapable decision." He denied there was a conflict, saying: "We're still committed to having a great place to work." He added that the team had declined offers of relocation.
The legal systems group has 545 people in Ipswich, Cardiff and Newcastle. The group carries out bulk litigation, recovery and debt work for corporate clients.