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Pinsents and Masons have named Martin Lane and Martin Roberts as joint London managing partners ahead of the national firms’ tie-up in December. Lane, currently Pinsents’ national head of corporate, and Masons litigator Roberts are due to take the helm on 6 December, when the merger goes live. It is understood that both partners were […]

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