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Eversheds has secured two lateral hires from DLA Piper in Birmingham, including corporate and office managing partner Mark Beardmore. Beardmore, who specialises in M&A and private equity work, has given notice at DLA Piper after 14 years, two of which were as office managing partner in Birmingham. DLA Piper refused to comment on the reasons […]

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Simmons adds two to board in latest round of elections

Simmons & Simmons has added Peter Meyer and Alex Brown to its board in its latest round of periodic elections. Meyer is the national practice head of the firm’s German dispute resolution practice, and head of the country’s life sciences sector group. He has been a partner at Simmons & Simmons in Dusseldorf since 2003, […]

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