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Halliwells to cut up to 40 property staff

Halliwells has become the latest firm to launch a redundancy consultation across its real estate practice, potentially cutting as many as 40 staff. The consultation will affect both fee-earners and support staff in the firm’s Liverpool, London Manchester and Sheffield offices. The news comes just two days after Wragge & Co announced a similar consultation […]

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Newcastle firm Muckle has deferred the start date of its September 2008 trainees by a year. Newcastle firm Muckle has deferred the start date of its September 2008 trainee solicitors by a year. Two out of the three trainees will defer their training contracts until ­September 2009. They will receive a payment of at least […]

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Fifteen-partner exodus proves last straw. By the time you read this, Heller Ehrman may be no more. Take a moment to absorb the news. Shed a tear, perhaps. As this column was being written last week, the beleagured firm was facing the prospect of liquidation as the rate of partners deserting the firm accelerated. Eight […]

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