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Simmons & Simmons’ corporate department is reaping the rewards of its relationship with utilities giant Vivendi Environment, acting on Vivendi’s first major acquisition since last year’s UK panel review Simmons has acted for Vivendi Water UK on the £2bn acquisition of First Aqua JVCo, the holding company of Southern Water. The corporate aspects of the […]

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Despite the First American link-up, Boyds is still independent Scottish firm Boyds has recently hit the headlines by joining a new referral panel set up by the UK arm of US title insurance giant First American (The Lawyer, 18 March). It is one of six firms to sign up to the panel, which is linked […]

Hammonds promotes Manchester property head

Hammond Suddards Edge has appointed Liam Buckley (left) as managing partner of its Manchester office Buckley replaces outgoing head William Downs, who will focus his attentions on growing the firm’s utilities group. Commercial property specialist Buckley is currently head of the Manchester office’s property team, which he set up in 1993.

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