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Dutch and Belgian firm Stibbe has continued slimming down its Brussels office to fit in with UK alliance partner Herbert Smith A group of five partners have left Stibbe in Brussels for a joint venture with domestic intellectual property firm Braun Bigwood and will not be replaced. The Lawyer understands that while the five were […]

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