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Fladgate has made 19 roles redundant as part of wider measures to weather the economic disruption of the Covid-19 crisis. Following a consultation that began earlier in the summer, the firm confirmed that 19 employees across the business have been made redundant. In March partners took a cut to their drawings graded according to the […]

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