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Economic recovery is being held back by unhelpful government actions, typified by recent legislative moves on PPPs. Romania is one of Europe’s stragglers in terms of economic recovery. After a sharp economic decline of 7.7 per cent in 2009, credit ratings agency Fitch announced in December 2010 that it expected the country’s GDP to contract […]

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Judge blasts Florida lawyers over ‘retard’ jibes

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Finers’ profits surged 43 per cent in 2009-10, LLPs reveal

London firm Finers Stephens Innocent saw profits rocket 43 per cent in the 2009-10 financial year, its latest LLP accounts reveal. While turnover saw a modest 3 per cent rise to £17.6m, operating profit increased from £4.6m to £6.7m. The profit share of the highest member also experienced a major hike, rising 48 per cent […]

Herbies, SJ Berwin get slices of Cheesegrater construction

Herbert Smith and SJ Berwin have taken the plum roles on a deal to create a joint venture (JV) that will see the construction of a new City landmark. SJ Berwin and Herbert Smith are advising British Land and ­Canadian pension fund ­subsidiary Oxford Properties respectively on the £340m development of Leadenhall Building, already commonly […]

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