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Simons Rodkin

32 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QJ more info...

08430053021

Areas of law:

Acquisitions / Acquisitions, Mergers & Disposals / Assets and Asset Recovery / Contentious Probate / Employment Disputes Discipline read more...

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Business Disputes, Shareholder Disputes, Partnership Disputes, Employment Law Claims, Discrimination Claims, Settlement Agreements, Immigration, Bankruptcy and Insolvency, Property, Landlord and Tenant, Rent Arrears, Tenant Eviction, Dilapidation Claims, Repossession, Conveyancing and Lease Renewal Central London Office telephone number 0207 112 8841 Finchley Office telephone number 0208 446 6223 We are a litigation firm of solicitors located in Bloomsbury Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1. read more...

HSR Law (Hayes, Son & Richmond)

The Law Chambers, 7/8 South Parade, Doncaster, DN1 2ED more info...

0843 0052 067

Areas of law:

Civil Litigation / Commercial / Company / Conveyancing / Criminal Defence read more...

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We offer a personal, friendly service tailored to client needs: our motto is simple “Go the extra mile for the client” read more...

Castle's

72 Compstall Road, Romiley, Stockport, SK6 4DE more info...

0843 0051 583

Areas of law:

Civil Litigation / Commercial / Company / Conveyancing / Divorce read more...

Glencairn Legal Services

427b Hurcott Road, Kidderminster, DY10 2QQ more info...

07590928 463

Areas of law:

Breach of Contracts / Carriage of Goods / Commercial Agreements / Commercial Contracts / Commercial Disputes read more...

Landau Zeffertt Weir Solicitors

10 Bickels Yard, 151-153 Bermondsey Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 3HA more info...

0843 0051 834

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Company / Conveyancing / Divorce / Employment / Family read more...

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Landau Zeffertt Weir Solicitors are based in London Bridge, close to London Bridge tube and train station. read more...

Blake-Turner & Co

128/129 The Minories , London, EC3N 1PB more info...

0843 0051 870

Areas of law:

Accidents at Work / Civil Litigation / Commercial / Commercial Litigation / Company read more...

Palmers

89/91 Clarence Street, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1QY more info...

0843 0051 520

Areas of law:

Civil Litigation / Company / Conveyancing / Divorce / Elderly Clients read more...

Comptons

90-92 Parkway, Regents Park, London, NW1 7AN

Bishop & Sewell LLP

59-60 Russell Square, London, WC1B 4HP

Freemans Solicitors

35 Duke Street, London, W1U 1LH

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