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Even now, I can remember how flattered I felt. The partnership had decided to appoint its first managing partner. A number of partners declared an interest, but I was not among them. To avoid a formal election, a long-serving partner took soundings from us all to see if a consensus might exist. Remarkably, mine was one of two names to emerge. The solution? The other (more senior) partner would take office, with me working alongside as his deputy.

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