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West End firm Glovers advised developer Highpine on the signing of a master building agreement for the development of a £200m exhibition centre on 85-acre Docklands site. Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for the London Docklands Development Corporation. Country Heights Holdings, the Malaysian property developer, was represented by its in-house legal team.

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