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By David Kilduff, Richard Auton or Richard Butterworth On 13 September 2018, the UK government published further guidance on the future of public procurement in the UK in the event of a “no deal” Brexit. What next for UK public procurement? Under current rules, all procurement opportunities that fall within the scope of the EU procurement […]

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Dentons adds to Hong Kong arm

Denton Hall has raided intellectual property specialist Willoughby & Partners to bolster its depleted Hong Kong office. Bina Cunningham, an intellectual property and IT specialist, has been a partner at Willoughbys for two and a half years and her departure will leave the firm with just four partners. Denton Hall is also taking on an […]

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