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It is that time of year again. Salary reviews. Or rather, salary hikes. The time when law firms go like lambs to the slaughter, raising assistant salaries beyond inflation and arguably beyond common sense. Only last week, the chief executive of a large City firm shared his well-thought-out strategy with me: “We’ll do whatever Clifford […]

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