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Freeth Cartwright suffers 36 per cent drop in PEP

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Blake Lapthorn PEP sinks to associate level

Equity partners average £65,000 – less than their fixed-share comrades Walter Cha Tumbling profits at Blake Lapthorn have led to some of the firm’s equity partners taking home less than the junior lawyers they supervise. In what has been a ­dismal financial reporting season across the legal profession, the south coast firm has seen average […]

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