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Eversheds is slicing an estimated 10 per cent of equity partners in an attempt to boost profitability. The figure represents 20 partners, of whom 10 will be taken out of equity and will drop down to fixed-share status, whereby a partner is effectively still self-employed but receives a fixed salary. The remainder will be asked […]

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