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Hammonds begins lay-off talks with minimum 20 staff

Hammonds has entered redundancy consultations with at least 20 staff. Hammonds has entered redundancy consultations with at least 20 staff. The redundancies are expected across the corporate and real estate departments in all of the firm’s offices. Hammonds’ managing partner, Peter Crossley (pictured) said: “Unfortunately, difficult market conditions have made it necessary for us to […]

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Eversheds’ turnover drops 4 per cent

Eversheds‘ turnover drops 4 per cent” />Eversheds has seen turnover drop during the first six months off the financial year, with revenues sitting 4 per cent down on the same period last year. The drop means Eversheds, which is the first firm to announce its half-year results, attracted £188m in fees over the six-month period […]

Simmons & Simmons misses budget by 1.5 per cent

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