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Cobbetts has taken a team from Irwin Mitchell to boost its new Leeds office, which will come about via the forthcoming merger with Read Hind Stewart
Corporate partner Ian Worthington has just joined Read Hind, which will become Cobbetts Leeds after 1 May, and Chris Ramage is expected to take up his position as partner shortly, along with associate Rachel Robinson. The move will put troops on the ground for Cobbetts in the corporate arena in Leeds. The rest of the firm consists of commercial property and employment. Read Hind specialises in com-mercial property, company commercial, litigation, employment and debt recovery. The hires will take the number of Cobbetts Leeds corporate partners to six. "What we're trying to do is to redress the balance," said Cobbetts managing partner Michael Shaw. "We've always had a strong property practice and this will kick-start the corporate process in Leeds." The moves leave Irwin Mitchell with seven corporate partners in Leeds. The departures come as a result of restructuring at Irwin Mitchell, according to partner Kevin Cunningham. "As with any restructure, there was the possibility of some fallout," he said.