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Revenue growth at Sidley Austin’s City office appears to be mirroring the firm’s global performance, with last year’s revenue rising by 5.5 per cent. Overall turnover at the US-firm went up 5.6 per cent to $1.41bn (£884m) during the 2011 financial year (8 February 2012) while revenue at the firm’s London office rose 5.5 per […]

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Reed Smith instructed on WorldSpreads administration

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Manchester City’s land battle with a Red Devil-supporting stubborn landowner has all the hallmarks of David and Goliath. A solicitor in the suburbs versus a QC. A garage boss up against an oil-rich football club backed by the local council. All legal life is here. Although the Blues’ £100m expansion plans have suffered a puncture, […]

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