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Clyde & Co opens Greek office

Clyde & Co has become the latest UK firm to open for business in the Greek port of Piraeus. Martin Hall, the partner who has been sent to the city to set up the operation, said the office was needed to serve Greek clients, many of whom had moved operations from London back to Piraeus, […]

Stones swallows fellow Exeter practice

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Civil Justice Council to probe impact of switch from legal aid to conditional fees

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