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Clifford Chance profits crash below £600,000

Profits at Clifford Chance have tumbled by 13.4 per cent, nose-diving to £558,000. The firm reported the precipitous decline in income, compared to the average profits per partner (PPP) £644,000 in the previous year, as it revealed that billings for the year ended 30 April 2004 had fallen just marginally by 2.9 per cent. Stuart […]

Orrick and Swidler to tie the knot in summer

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