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Blakely puts away the axe,Denton Wilde Sapte A surprisingly find themselves near the foot of the table after a disastrous start. We lost our first two games rather convincingly for a variety of reasons, but we remain optimistic, having accumulated four points from our last two games to take us off the bottom of the table. Steven Blakely, managing partner (strategic initiatives), said he had been sharpening the axe but had put it back in the cabinet. To be honest, I would have been more worried if he said he had every confidence in my managerial skills. The First Division is wide open this season and lots of teams are capable of winning the championship. Linklaters and Lovells are joint leaders with Clifford Chance and Nabarro Nathanson in hot pursuit behind them. Anthony Barness of Linklaters says their form can be put down to the fact that he has more players to choose from. Neil Bailey of Lovells is delighted with his team’s start to the season, which has included important victories over Slaughter and May and Clifford Chance.

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