East midlands-based Freeth Cartwright has begun a redundancy consultation process with 60 staff, 15 of whom are lawyers.
The redundancies are expected to affect the firm’s offices in Nottingham, Derby and Leicester, with staff in Manchester and Birmingham escaping the cuts.
Freeth Cartwright chairman Colin Flanagan said: “During 2008 we took the view that we would try to ride out the economic downturn without any significant staff losses, but we now have to recognise that it will take many months for work levels to recover.
“In those circumstances, the only prudent management decision was to take action to reduce our cost base in line with projected workflows.”
He added: “Ironically, we’re continuing to win market share, but work for new clients takes time to develop and will not compensate for the reductions in activity among many of our established clients.”