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Herbert Smith is facing up to Dechert and Olswang as the long-awaited case between AWG and Sir Fraser Morrison kicks off in the High Court today (5 December). Partner Adam Johnson is leading the case for AWG in its £130m claim against Sir Fraser over its September 2000 acquisition of construction business Morrison Construction. AWG alleges […]

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