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In almost 700 years, as long as Britain has had an attorney general (formerly King’s Counsel), none of the occupants of that post has ever before thrown his lot in with a U.S. law firm after leaving office. So in hiring Lord Goldsmith, the attorney general in Tony Blair’s government from 2001 until Blair left office earlier this year, Debevoise & Plimpton has scored a major first. As the stories from our sibling publications Legal Week and New York Law Journal and from the British national press reflect, his appointment has gotten plenty of attention. But exactly what does Goldsmith bring to Debevoise?

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