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Barclays Capital general counsel Judith Shepherd has resigned from her role today (9 January) and is set to leave the company in the first half of 2015. Barclays has yet to announce a replacement for Shepherd, who joined the bank from US firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in 2006 as deputy group general counsel. She was then appointed […]

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