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Landwell’s former Dutch arm seals Van Doorne merger

Landwell’s former Dutch firm has sealed a merger with independent Netherlands firm Van Doorne. Landwell will jettison two of its three Dutch offices, concentrating its activities in Amsterdam. It is unclear what will happen to lawyers based outside the Dutch capital. Van Doorne’s London, Curacao and Aruba offices will be unaffected. The newly merged firm […]

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Beachcroft Wansbroughs’ managing partner Bob Heslett has been unanimously re-elected by the partnership, extending his leadership until 2006. Heslett, who has managed the firm since 1998, stood unopposed. Last December, Beachcrofts’ veteran senior partner David Hunt was also re-elected as head of the national firm for a period running until April 2006

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