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Eversheds LLP is a British multinational law firm headquartered in London. It is one of the 50 largest law firms in the world measured by revenues. In 2013/14 it achieved total revenues of £382 million, making it the 12th-largest UK-based law firm by this measurement, and profits per equity partner of £729,000. It employs around 1,220 lawyers and around 1,745 other staff in 55 offices in major cities across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Eversheds was originally established in 1988 by a four-way merger between Manchester-based Alexander Tatham & Co, Sheffield-based Broomheads & Neals, Norwich-based Daynes Hill & Perks and Birmingham-based Evershed & Tomkinson. Later in 1988 the combined firm merged with Newcastle upon Tyne-based Ingledew Botterell Roche & Temperley. In 1989 the firm merged with Cardiff-based Philips & Buck and Nottingham-based Wells & Hind. In 1990 the firm merged with Leeds-based Hepworth & Chadwick. In 1991 the firm merged with Ipswich-based Turner Martin & Symes. In 1992 the firm rebranded all of its member firms with the prefix 'Eversheds', the names of which were shortened to just 'Eversheds' in 1995. Eversheds merged with Bristol-based Holt Philips in 1994 and the London and Brussels offices of Jacques & Lewis in 1995. In May 1996 the insurance, corporate and property groups of London-based Waltons & Morse joined Eversheds. In August 1997 Eversheds merged with Newcastle upon Tyne-based Wilkinson Maughan. In May 1998 Eversheds formed an alliance with Copenhagen-based Sandal Lunoe and acquired the London, Paris, Sofia and Moscow offices of Frere Cholmeley Bischoff. In November 1998 Eversheds merged with Cambridge-based Palmer Wheeldon. In 2000 Eversheds merged with Newcastle upon Tyne-based Linsley & Mortimer and financially integrated all of its UK offices. Eversheds merged the activities of its Bristol and Cardiff offices in 2001 and simultaneously closed the Bristol office. In 2002 Eversheds formed an alliance with Italian firm Piergrossi Villa Bianchini Riccardi. In 2003 Eversheds merged with its associated Copenhagen office and formed an association with Qatari firm Al-Jufairi. In 2004 Eversheds formed an alliance with Malaysian firm Shahrizat Rashid & Lee and associated with Austrian firm Lambert, Hungarian firm Sándor Szegedi Szent-Ivány Komáromi and Spanish firm Lupicinio. Eversheds formed alliances with Swedish firm Andrén Bratt Partners, German firm Heisse Kursawe and Polish firm Wierzbowski i Wspólnicy in 2005. In 2006 Eversheds was granted a licence to open an office in Shanghai, China, formed an association with Irish firm O'Donnell Sweeney and became the first international law firm to be awarded an operating licence in the Qatar Financial Centre in Doha, Qatar. In 2007 Eversheds associated with Czech firm Balcar Polanský, Estonian firm Ots & Co, Latvian firm Baltmane & Bitans and Lithuanian firm Saladzius & Partners. In 2008 Eversheds was granted a licence to operate in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and associated with Netherlands-based Faasen and Partners, South Africa-based Routledge Modise and Switzerland-based Schmid. In September 2008 Eversheds announced that the activities of its Norwich and Cambridge offices would be merged and the Norwich office closed. Eversheds opened offices in Edinburgh, Hong Kong and Singapore in 2009. Between 2008 and 2010 Eversheds had four rounds of redundancies and cut a total of around 730 jobs, the largest staff reductions of any UK-based law firm in that period.

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