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HR issues are at the top of everybody’s agenda these days, and a good thing too. But it was not always so. Rumours reach Tulkinghorn of a recruitment meeting in the dim and distant past at Linklaters. The HR head and a posse of partners were gathered to discuss the day’s candidates. Another partner was […]

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