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ICO continues to undertake enforcement action under the Data Protection Act 1998

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Simmons leads march on Qatar

Western law firms in Qatar are continuing to expand as Simmons & Simmons takes on a partner from leading local firm Gebran Majdalany. David Salt, an energy and construction specialist, will join Charles Pollack as the office’s second partner. Commenting on his decision, Salt said: “Simmons is an international firm doing work I’m more used […]

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Cadwalader client puts QMH debt plan in doubt

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