People Moves

North East powerhouse Crutes has further ­buttressed its growing corporate reputation with the capture of David Crone (pictured) as a partner.

David Crone
David Crone

Move of the week

Crone joins from Ward Hadaway, where he was a partner. He previously played a leading role in the Leeds corporate group at Pinsent Masons.

Crutes ­corporate head Paul Bell said: “David’s an extremely well-regarded lawyer and his track record advising some of the North East’s leading plcs speaks for itself. His arrival will help us to cement Crutes’ ­position as an emerging force and a ­significant player in the corporate market. We have an excellent team here, and with David’s appointment we can offer a unique combination of quality ­service, and value for money that’s second to none.”



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