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Another Dewey partner makes claims

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Living Social legal chief jumps to King.com

The former international legal chief of deals website Living Social has taken up a new in-house role at online games developer King.com. Rob Miller, who has held top legal jobs at Skype and eBay in the past, joins two other in-house lawyers at King.com where he will report to CEO Riccardo Zacconi as chief legal […]

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BLP picks up Norton Rose corporate star Stanier

Norton Rose corporate specialist Julian Stanier has quit the firm to join Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) as a partner. Stanier is set to move to BLP on 5 November, becoming the latest in a line of big-name corporate partners to join the UK firm this year. He joined Norton Rose in 1994 and made partner […]

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