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Howes Percival lays off six in conveyancing

Howes Percival has made six fee-earners redundant in its residential conveyancing and remortgaging department. The partner responsible for marketing, Matthew Talbot said: “We have had to trim down in these areas, as you can imagine.” He said that all redundancies were made last week in the Milton Keynes office. He was unable to confirm claims […]

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WilmerHale moots Shanghai launch

WilmerHale is in the early stages of applying for a licence to practise in Shanghai, part of a strategy aimed at extending the US firm’s Asian platform. Currently, WilmerHale’s only Asian office is its Beijing base, which opened in 2004 and is headed jointly by corporate partners Lester Ross and Robert Woll. Yesterday (21 January), […]

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