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BLP’s deal with Thames Water creates non-City platform

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Reg Frary is 90 years old. He has survived the Second World War, seen man land on the moon and watched the first-ever television broadcast. But walking into Taylor Wessing’s City office dressed in a sharp navy blue suit and pink tie it’s hard to describe Frary – the firm’s only proofreader – as ’elderly’. […]

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