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Irwin Mitchell names Knaggs as new Leeds leader

Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds office has appointed a new managing partner. David Knaggs, head of the firm’s Leeds insurance practice, takes over the role after nine years as a partner at Irwin Mitchell, replacing Kevin Cunningham. The Leeds office includes the firm’s personal injury and business arms as well as the insurance practice. Last year office […]

Squire Sanders and Coudert Brothers pull plug on merger

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