Russell Jones axes 40

Litigation specialist Russell Jones & Walker is set to axe 40 staff, including 10 lawyers but no partners

The cuts have been hanging over Russell Jones's 630 staff since September, when a business review was first announced.

A Russell Jones spokesperson said: “[The business review] has resulted in a regrettable loss of jobs, but ultimately the firm is stronger and better prepared to serve its clients as a result.”

The firm, which has a number of union clients, denied press reports of a conflict with the GMB, the UK's second largest union.

The spokesperson said: “We've been involved in consultations with the GMB since the word go and I'm not aware of any material conflict.”

The firm specialises in litigation, and specifically clinical negligence, crime and employment. The cuts come from various departments across its 10 offices throughout England and Wales.

A digital dictation project was successfully tested as part of the business review and a number of the redundancies come as a result of new working methods.