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Crisis meetings, office closures, partner walkouts: it doesn’t sound much like the Netherlands. But UK legal culture is infectious. De Brauw and Nauta Dutilh are finally starting to grapple with the strange concept of profitability. Until now the Dutch have had enough muscle to resist total invasion by the Brits, despite incursions by the magic […]

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