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The recent success of a bankrupt company that successfully claimed a typo in a Companies House filing could lead to copycat claims, it has emerged. Last month the High Court found in favour of Clyde & Co client Philip Sebry, managing director of now defunct Taylor and Sons, after Companies House registered a winding up […]

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