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Jamaican firm calls on UK expertise for launch of Hammersmith branch

JAMAICA’S largest law firm Myers Fletcher & Gordon has opened a four-strong office in Hammersmith, London, signing two UK-trained lawyers to the practice. Sole practitioner Colleen Wilson has already been recruited by the Caribbean giant and City solicitor Michael Toohig will start later this year. The firm, which also operates in the British Virgin Islands, […]

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