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Collas Day expansion to encompass City, Jersey

Guernsey offshore firm Collas Day is to open a ­London office as part of a broader expansion plans. Commercial partner Jason Romer said: “To begin with it will be a marketing outpost, with one person encouraging more interaction between the London markets and Collas Day. “In time it will become a fee-earning office, but it’s […]

Eversheds lures Addleshaws partner

Eversheds has hired Addleshaw Goddard partner Andrew MacCulsh to head the firm’s construction team in Nottingham. MacCulsh, who joined Addleshaws from Hammonds in 2005, said he plans to grow Eversheds’ construction team as well as strengthen his own practice. “The major growth and success of the team over the last 12 months and the calibre […]

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