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SJ Berwin PEP growth stalled

SJ Berwin has released it year-end financial results, revealing turnover up by 14 per cent from £189m to £215m. However average profit per equity partner (PEP) has nudged up by just 2.4 per cent, to £801,000 from £782,000 last year. Managing partner Ralph Cohen said: “We have had another very strong year, with great results […]

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