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Exchange tenant helps Health in Trafford fight local ward closures

North West set Exchange Chambers has secured a judicial review for a group of local campaigners battling to save vital healthcare services. Exchange tenant Anthony Eyers is acting pro bono for pressure group Health in Trafford, which is trying to have in-patient wards at Altrincham General Hospital reopened after they were closed by Trafford Healthcare […]

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Cadwalader’s Croke jumps ship for Orrick

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