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Trowers secures spot on Crown Estate panel

The Crown Estate has expanded its urban residential panel to two firms, ­gifting Trowers & Hamlins a place after the firm pitched, but missed out on the role, three years ago. Real estate boutique Pemberton Greenish has been reappointed to the panel after being the Crown Estate’s sole residential panel adviser since 2003. Trowers relationship […]

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Eversheds has landed a place alongside a host of US firms in a deal to spin off the ;European ;private equity business of Lehman Brothers. South African investor Johann Rupert has teamed up with the managers of Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking Partners (LBMB) to buy out the investment arm of the collapsed bank. Eversheds got […]

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Pensions lawyer Carol Jones has moved to ­Hammonds as a senior associate. She joins from Pinsent Masons. Move of the week Media and entertainment boutique ­Sheridans has hired employment associate Daniela Cohen from Mayer Brown and ­promoted Neisha Glynternick to partner in the employment team. UK LONDON • Pensions lawyer Carol Jones has moved to […]

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The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has picked the members for its first users’ committee, nine months after CAT president Gerald Barling announced he was to launch it. The ;Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has picked the members for its first users’ committee, nine months after CAT president Gerald Barling announced he was to launch it. CAT registrar […]

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