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Biddle’s profits per partner have soared by 50 per cent after cutting costs and tackling slack habits in recording billable hours. Average profits per partner have risen to £270,000 with top of equity receiving £350,000 – £100,000 more than last year. Bottom of equity has seen an increase from £35,000 to £160,000. Gross fees have […]

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A&O dresses down five days a week

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