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Ever since go-getting corporate lawyer Paul Maher was persuaded by what was then plain old Rowe & Maw not to join Clifford Chance (CC), the firm’s fortunes have been inextricably linked to Maher’s. In return for not joining the magic circle firm back in 1998, Maher was given free rein to stamp his vision on the mid-tier London firm. Fast-forward eight years and Rowe & Maw is part of an international firm that reckons it will break through the $1bn fee income barrier this year.

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