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Family law association Resolution has elected a new chairman, vice chairman, deputy vice chairman and secretary. Andrew Greensmith, a partner at Preston firm Dickson Haslam, was elected chairman at the association’s AGM last month. Jane McCulloch, a partner at Chesterfield firm Prince McCulloch, was elected vice chairman, Godfrey Freeman, a partner at Morecrofts in Liverpool, […]

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