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Shipping Special Report: Sea and enemies

Piracy is a very real and growing threat and one that can even land the unwary lawyer in hot water. By Tomás Fernández-Quirós and Oscar Morales In recent times acts of piracy at sea have been much reported in the news. Most people believe that pirates ceased to exist some ­centuries ago, but the reality is […]

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