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Barnetts Solicitors has hired senior fee-earner Laura Gill into its conveyancing team from London-based firm Knox Ukiwa & Co, where she worked as a trainee solicitor. South East firm Stevens & Bolton has recruited Emma Jacques, a nine month-qualified litigator, from Allen & Overy, and Grace Parker-White, a four year-PQE family and matrimonial specialist, from […]

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