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Lawrence Graham has put in place the last parts of an internal shake-up by replacing long-serving head of litigation Michael Edwards and privateclient head Tim Thornton-Jones.Edwards, who had headed the litigation department for 19 years, isreplaced by Andrew Dobson, while Thornton-Jones gives way to Andrew Youngwho will head the tax and financial management department, which coversprivate client work.Edwards is going back to fee earning, and Thornton-Jones is concentratingon the firm's investment management operation, says managing partner BillRichards.Edwards quit his role to return to fee-earning litigation work. Thisincludes the high-profile Diana Memorial Fund litigation againstcommemorative gifts company Franklin Mint in the US.The internal shake-up comes on top of a spate of changes at Lawrence Graham.The firm opened its own office in the Ukraine this year, in what wasdescribed as a "shipping-led" initiative by Neil Everatt, the shippingpartner heading up the Mariupol-based Ukraine office.The firm's shipping department has become part of litigation following thedecision to bring all its contentious work together except for the recentlyexpanded property team, which was boosted last year by acquiring theproperty team from the now defunct Forsyte Saunders Kerman.Laurence Graham now has four departments - litigation, tax and financialmanagement, company commercial, and property."Mike Lax was the head of the shipping department, although it waseffectively run by Imogen Rumbold, and they both remain a very significantpart of our litigation practice," says Richards."As managing partner, I now have heads of four main businesses who willwork with me.""It wouldn't be right to characterise these appointments as marking theway Lawrence Graham is developing for the future."They are part of a process of developing the business and focusing itmore on where we see our strengths in the future."
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