National firm DLA Piper has announced a redundancy consultation that could see up to 40 jobs lost in the real estate and finance departments – including in Birmingham.

The consultation will see up to 20 fee earners and 20 support staff lost in the UK, with the Victoria Square Birmingham office affected.

DLA Piper chief executive Nigel Knowles said: “Along with every other law firm and professional services provider we are affected by economic conditions. There has been a reduction in demand for services in UK real estate and finance-related groups, and we are in consultation with our people within those teams about possible redundancies in six locations. We expect no more than 20 fee earners and 20 support staff to be affected by this review.”

Earlier this year the company DLA Piper cut five fee earners from its technology, media and commercial group.

The recent cuts follows moves by other firms to reduce their headcount. Hammonds last month revealed it is reviewing the jobs of 42 fee earners and 53 support staff, mainly in corporate and real estate.

And Colmore Square-based Cobbetts said it was cutting around 40 fee-earning positions across its Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester offices earlier this year.