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Property blow for Eversheds Leeds

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Nauta faces worldwide closure

The Netherlands’ largest law firm Nauta Dutilh has shut its Indonesian office, and more international closures could be on the way. The firm is considering closing its international operations – which include offices in Singapore, Madrid and Prague. Rotterdam managing partner Job van der Have says that the New York and London offices will not […]

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McGrigor Donald opens in Belfast

McGrigor Donald has opened a Belfast office – making it the first law firm to have branches in all three UK jurisdictions. Corporate partner Richard Masters and property partner David Bankier have moved from the Glasgow head office to run the Belfast practice. They take projects assistant Gregor Hamilton with them and have poached corporate […]

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