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Finers Stephens Innocent has hired Addleshaw Goddard’s head of equality Jane Amphlett. Jane Amphlett Move of the week She joins as a partner in the employment group, having been a partner at Addleshaws. Finers managing partner Paul Millett said: “This is the fifth partner-level lateral hire we have made in the past year.” UK LONDON […]

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