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Milbank seals first deal for Sainsbury family

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The stormy nature of Clifford Chance‘s communications, media and telecoms team has passed into legal market mythology, with partners allegedly having stand-up rows at group meetings before slamming doors and flouncing out. (Sounds a bit like Tulkinghorn’s house.) News now reaches these shores providing more evidence of the chronic lack of communication between the partners. […]

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