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Careers: In brief

Richard Barnett, senior partner of Southport conveyancing firm Barnetts, has been appointed as a director on the board of Pisces (property information systems common exchange standard). He is already chairman of Pisces’ lenders’ conveyancing workgroup. Pisces is an electronic data exchange standard designed for the UK property market that aims to ease information transfers between […]

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