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w Wedlake Bell has appointed planning law specialist Susan Hawker to its property team. Hawker, who joins as a senior assistant from Lovells, has extensive experience working for both public and private sector clients. Wedlake Bell has appointed planning law specialist Susan Hawker to its property team. Hawker, who joins as a senior assistant from […]

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