Macfarlanes opens new jobs consultation

The total number of legal jobs under threat in The Lawyer’s UK 200 is 2,071 following the news that Macfarlanes has launched a redundancy consultation with 14 members of staff.

Seven of these are real estate lawyers; the other seven are corporate and real estate secretaries. Meanwhile, redundancy consultations have ­finished at Bircham Dyson Bell, Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW), Halliwells and Wedlake Bell.

A total of 31 support staff at FFW have lost their jobs after the firm completed its second consultation, and seven of the 10 banking fee-earners in consultation at ­Halliwells have left the Manchester firm, while 16 of the 17 jobs under review at property firm ­Wedlake have been axed.

This takes the total number of staff made redundant at these firms to 42, 45 and 16 respectively. For up-to-the-minute data, news and commentary on legal jobs, go to