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Eversheds has been reappointed as sole legal adviser to FTSE 100 water company Severn Trent for an extended five-year term, beating competition from 13 international and niche firms. Eversheds won the role on a single mandate across five lots despite initial plans from Severn Trent’s in-house legal team to go with “at least two firms”. The […]

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