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Commercial property partner Karen Brooks has resigned from Eversheds’ Birmingham office to join Hammond Suddards in Manchester.Brooks, who was a full equity partner at Eversheds, left the firm two weeks ago and is understood to have made the move to Manchester for lifestyle and family reasons. It is unclear why she did not join Eversheds’ own office in Manchester. Neither Brooks nor Eversheds’ head of property, Cornelius Medvei, were available for comment.Brooks leaves Eversheds’ Birmingham property department with 12 partners. Eversheds will replace Brooks with a lateral hire from the Midlands property market, which the firm hopes to announce in the next few weeks.Meanwhile, Legal Week understands that five assistants from Eversheds Leeds have resigned to join former property partner Nick Crocker at Hammond Suddards in the city. Lindsey Jackson, Andrew Sprake, Martin Grange, Joanna Barton and Anita Gupta will join Crocker in one month’s time.Crocker resigned from Eversheds Leeds in March to join Hammonds after 16 years at the firm.One month after Crocker’s appointment, Hammonds lost private finance and construction partner David Hickman to Theodore Goddard.

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