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Trowers lays off 17 in London

Trowers & Hamlins has made 17 members of staff redundant in its London office, following a third consultation at the firm. This brings the total number of redundancies at the firm to 28. The cuts come across both fee-earning and support departments, but Trowers declined to comment on the practice groups involved. The redundancies follow […]

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