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The first partner to leave the group of Coudert lawyers who joined Baker & McKenzie’s New York office has defected to Hughes Hubbard & Reed, after just a year in the combined team. Kenneth Page headed Coudert’s global trusts and estates practice for over 15 years before joining Bakers last September, along with 70 other […]

Beachcroft hires Labour old hand Charles Clarke

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Freshfields beats Norton Rose to HSBC job

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has muscled in on Norton Rose‘s relationship with HSBC with an instruction from the bank on the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation into default charges. While Freshfields has won a string of corporate instructions in Asia from HSBC, the bank has traditionally instructed Norton Rose in the UK and on regulatory […]

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