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Former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer insolvency partner Peter Bloxham has decided not to appeal against the judgment that found unanimously for his former firm in his age discrimination claim. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (21 November), Bloxham said in a statement through Dawsons Solicitors that he considers there are potential grounds of appeal regarding a number […]

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