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In a move to bolster its corporate presence in London, southeast firm Thomas Eggar has poached top Manches corporate partner Jean-Paul da Costa to head its City corporate/commercial team. Da Costa has been a partner in Manches corporate and technology group since mid-2001, before which he was head of corporate and commercial at Piper Smith & Basham. He has also served as in-house counsel at Coopers & Lybrand, now PricewaterhouseCoopers. Da Costas appointment takes the number of partners in the corporate/commercial team to 16, seven of which are based in London. The position has been created for da Costa, who starts today.