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The computer virus Melissa has hit City law firms forcing at least one top practice to shut down its server. Melissa floods the computer system with unwanted e-mails which lists pornographic sites on the Internet. Baker & McKenzie had to shut down its computer network after an overload in the system due to the virus. […]

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The end of a family feud is leading to the creation of Italy’s biggest firm. Osborne Clarke’s Italian associate Croze Radice & Associati, which was set up by a member of the same family that founded top Italian firm Carnelutti, is now seeking to reunite the family in a marriage between the two firms. The […]

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