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Shoosmiths plans to cut its headcount by 93, with most roles at risk of redundancy sitting in the volume motor personal injury team.
The firm has announced it has begun a consultation as part of a firm-wide restructure that will see the firm move its focus to conveyancing, medical negligence, high-net-worth wills and probate, and complex serious injury and mixed liability litigation. The news was first reported on RollonFriday.
In a statement, Shoosmiths private client head David Palmer said: “One of the firm’s key objectives was to sustain its national private client offering whilst rebalancing away from very high volume bulk processing of personal injury work, where it’s increasingly difficult to leverage the specialist legal expertise for which we’re renowned.
“Going forward, we expect our private client practice to grow strongly through its ability to deliver exceptional service and expertise in the more complex aspects of private client work.”
Palmer said he believed that the firm’s relationships with referrers and direct consumers through its Access Legal brand will help deliver a valuable case flow, but that a smaller team could handle the work.