Hammonds steps up City commitment

Hammonds managing partner Chris Jones is increasing his involvement in the firm's London office in a move that will shift the firm's power base further towards the City. Senior partner Richard Burns is already in the London office. Jones intends to concentrate on London now that he has finished bedding down the Birmingham office after Hammonds' merger with Birmingham firm Edge Ellison in 2000. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 21 August