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With plans to open new stores and international expansion on the cards, the compact legal team at Debenhams certainly has enough to keep it occupied for the time being. Mary Murphy reports Tomorrow, 16 January, will see the release of key figures that will gauge just how many shoppers Debenhams has persuaded to part with […]

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Boston high-tech law firm Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault is reigniting the US salary war by hiking pay for assistants across the board. All associates at the 300-lawyer firm will get an increase of $10,000 (£6,700), which will mean first-years go up to earning $150,000 (£100,000) a year. Testa Hurwitz was the first firm outside California […]

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PPM Ventures and Doughty Hanson are scrutinising their future relationship with Lovells after the loss of their client partner. The doubts surrounding the future of two of Lovells’ most high-profile clients springs from the recently announced departure of Allan Murray-Jones, a highly-rated corporate finance partner who specialises in private equity work. A source close to […]

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The head of the Washington office of newly-merged firm Dechert is joining the White House senior staff alongside president-elect George W Bush. Complex commercial litigation partner Lewis Libby will hold three titles: assistant to the president, chief of staff to the vice-president and assistant to the vice-president for national security affairs. Before joining Dechert, Libby […]

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