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A bunch of knotters

Wragge & Co is widely regarded as one of the main drivers behind the emergence of Birmingham’s legal community as a force to be reckoned with. Or so Quentin tells Tulkinghorn on a regular basis. But Tulkinghorn is disappointed to discover that Wragges lawyers are just like those everywhere – prone to embarrass themselves at […]

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Spring Group disposes of Spring Education and Spring Skills to Protocol Associates, backed by Bridgepoint Capital, for a cash consideration of £71.9m. Spring Group represented by Gouldens (Hilary Winter). Protocol advised by Linklaters & Alliance and Fenners.

Freshfields boosts Amsterdam finance practice

Jeroen Thijssen, one of Holland’s most senior finance lawyers, has been a partner at Nauta Dutilh since 1985. He joins Freshfields Amsterdam office as a partner. His arrival boosts the operation, which opened in May 1999, to 14 partners and 40 associates. Thijssen’s departure from Nauta Dutilh comes only months after the resignations of chairman […]

Eversheds culls equity partners to hike profits

Eversheds is slicing an estimated 10 per cent of equity partners in an attempt to boost profitability. The figure represents 20 partners, of whom 10 will be taken out of equity and will drop down to fixed-share status, whereby a partner is effectively still self-employed but receives a fixed salary. The remainder will be asked […]

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