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South East firm ASB Law is closing its Brighton and Horsham offices in a move affecting around 70 staff. A number of redundancies will be likely as a result, although consultations are ongoing in the hope that most staff can be absorbed into ;ASB’s ;remaining Crawley and Maidstone offices. The plan to consolidate the offices […]

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