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This week The Lawyer reported that Cobbetts is to make 40 fee-earners redundant – its second wave of redundancies this year – while Blake Lapthorn is in discussion with 43 members of staff and Finers Stephens Innocent with a further 6 real estate fee-earners plus support staff. This follows on from the previous week’s news […]

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