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Claims for loss of chance can often stick in the throat, so Angus Turner asks: why settle a less than certain claim? During the World Cup, Terry Venables noted astutely that if anyone knows how to build a wall, it is the Chinese. Likewise, it can be said that if anyone knows how to ensure […]

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When the bottom fell out of the public M&A market last year, hot shot corporate lawyers wished they could be in private equity. However, the wishing fairy has not been kind to firms which have tried to get into the transactional side of the sector. Clifford Chance, Ashurst Morris Crisp and UK ‘golden circle’ firms […]

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