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Landlord’s threats of legal action amounted to harassment of tenant

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Clifford Chance has promoted 37 lawyers to its partnership, its largest promotion in four years. The promotions include 13 in London with corporate and finance both gaining three new partners each. Managing partner Peter Cornell said: “I am delighted to admit 37 lawyers into the partnership this year, the largest number we have promoted for […]

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