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Halliwells is breaking into the North West’s second-largest city through a merger with Liverpool-based Cuff Roberts, it emerged last week. The merger, first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (15 November), takes effect on 1 January 2005 and will give Halliwells a foothold in Liverpool to add to existing offices in Manchester, London and Sheffield. The combined firm, to operate as […]

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