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The ‘very active’ team at Baker McKenzie  routinely acts in major international and high-value trust disputes. According to some, Anthony Poulton is the ‘top international trusts litigator in London; he is a delight to work with, is analytically excellent and is completely on top of the detail of his cases’. Poulton has extensive experience advising clients on the management of the risks associated with exposure to wealth-related controversy and routinely advises on corporate and family governance issues in addition to resolving private family disputes for trustees, executors, protectors, beneficiaries and interested third parties. The group has specialist trust, wealth, and tax planning skills and this combined with its noted disputes capability (both domestically and internationally) enables it to provide a strong service to clients in this area. Other key members of the highly regarded team include senior associate Gemma Willingham, who is ‘very good at developing strategy and is also excellent at problem solving and keeping clients informed’. Senior associate Luke Richardson is described as a ‘rising star- he will go places’. Ashley Crossley  is another stand out member of this ‘very impressive’ team.

Boodle Hatfield LLP  is ‘at the top of its game; it is a firm that really cares about its clients’. Simon Rylatt  is ‘one of the pre-eminent practitioners in this field globally’ and Andrea Zavos  is ‘excellent at running litigation and keeping sight of the big picture’. The ‘hardworking and astute’ Mark Lindley  has ‘already established himself as a star in this practice area; he has an approachable manner and is a very good technical lawyer’. The team receives significant referrals from leading UK firms, high-net-worth individuals and international intermediaries. The team has a strong reputation for its work in resolving disputes/managing complex litigation and has considerable expertise in advising on multi-jurisdictional tax, asset protection, trust, family business and governance as well other succession issues.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP  has a ‘highly competent and experienced team that provides thorough and practical advice. It is a leading practice with real strength and depth’. The practice is headed by ‘star litigator’ Rupert Ticehurst, who is a ‘very effective trusts litigator who can think outside the box and find creative and commercially viable solutions to the most complicated of problems’. Murray North has an ‘excellent understanding of his clients’ needs and a wealth of understanding to draw on to provide sensible and commercial advice’. Jessica Henson  has an ‘excellent brain’ and has notable experience in advising on asset protection in the context of cross-jurisdictional divorce proceedings. Simon Golding  handles a range of private wealth disputes such as partnership and minority shareholder actions as well as tax litigation and disputes involving marital law. Ticehurst, Henson and Goldring are ‘true industry professionals; their advice is not just correct, it is pragmatic’. The team continues to advise Dowager Duchess of Marlborough in relation to the estate of the 11th Duke of Marlborough on a number of contentious issues in the aftermath of the death of her late husband.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP  fields a ‘large team of extremely capable and able lawyers which has an extremely high standing in the market’. Key figures include Graeme Kleiner (‘a master strategist and established figure in the world of international trust litigation'); the ‘calm, collected and clear-thinking’ Duncan Elson ‘masters the detail and cuts through the complexities of the case’ and the ‘very bright’ Tamasin Perkins, who is ‘always on top of the detail of each case’. At senior associate level Jessica Stafford  is 'strong on domestic and international work with a wealth of offshore experience’, and Oliver Auld  is a ‘future high-flier; calm and unflappable, with an excellent manner with clients’. Highlights included acting for Alan Shearer CBE in relation to claims against his former financial adviser and former pension provider arising from investment losses valued at £9m. The executors of the estate of the late Christine Collins are other major clients. The department also acts on a large number of contentious probate disputes for Cancer Research UK and for a number of other nationally renowned charities. Roberta Harvey left in January 2019 to join Forsters LLP.

The ‘sophisticated team ‘at Clifford Chance LLP  is a ‘major force in this field. It is a first ‘port of call’ for many international clients’. Key figures include the ‘absolutely first-class’ Jeremy Kosky, who is ‘very bright and combines technical expertise with commercial judgement’. Maxine Mossman ‘works phenomenally hard and combines a complete understanding of the subject matter with fantastic client handling skills’. They are ‘assisted by a pretty formidable posse of associates’ including the ‘endlessly energetic’  Nicole Buncher. Buncher has ‘meticulous attention to detail, excellent judgement, fighting spirit and coolness in the face of adversity’. Robert Stewart , also a senior associate, is ‘fast becoming one of the leading associates in the field and is certainly one to watch for the future’. The ‘highly regarded’ team handles claims relating to private banking and trusts whether acting for high-net-worth individuals or institutional clients. It is skilled at acting in heavyweight claims relating to family trusts, inheritance and divorce claims as well as shareholders disputes in family companies. An impressive roster of clients includes Coutts, Affinity Private Wealth and Heini Thyssen.

Farrer & Co  has a ‘group of knowledgeable and highly skilled advocates who have great experience of counselling clients in difficult and often quite personal matters’. Standout individuals include Jeremy Gordon, who ‘has a fantastic eye for detail’; Toby Graham, who is ‘particularly adept at understanding the risks and nuances of each case and offering his clients responsible and effective guidance'; Joanna Poole is ‘quickly emerging as one of the ‘go to’ partners for contentious trusts. She is very calm under pressure and is commercially savvy’. Newly promoted partner Charlotte Fraser is ‘incredibly capable. She adopts a commercial attitude along with a technically excellent approach- she will go far’. Senior associate Adam Carvalho is also ‘excellent’ and associate Tom McPhail is ‘smart and meticulous’. The team has ‘gold chip private clients and a strong international presence’. The group benefits from the firm’s stable of high-net-worth clients, trust companies and fiduciaries which all provide a steady flow of interesting and high-profile instructions. In a substantial claim it is currently acting for Julian Sheffield and the Sheffield family defendants, as executors of the estate of the late John Vincent Sheffield and the trustees of the family estate.

Forsters LLP's team is ‘in the premier league in this field’. Practice head Emily Exton  is a ‘very experienced litigator and is incredibly empathetic with clients’. Catharine Bell  is ‘one of the best managers of very large and complex international private client disputes around’. Soraya Kimber is ‘fantastic’ and Charlotte Evans-Tipping  ‘combines very extensive domestic and international private client experience with excellent client care and extremely hard work’ – both are senior associates. Exton regularly acts for trustees and high-net-worth individuals and families on a wide variety of contentious trusts and probate cases in addition to professional negligence claims that arise in the context of trust and estates work. Bell also has a wealth of experience in advising on high level trusts and estates disputes. The team welcomed the 'technically strong and very pragmatic' Roberta Harvey who joined in January 2019 from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

Macfarlanes LLP ‘has a truly outstanding team from partner level to trainee level’. Charles Lloyd ‘conducts high-value and difficult litigation with charm, urbanity and intelligence’. The ‘organised, very determined and assured’ Jonathan Arr  ‘has established himself as a major presence in the sphere of international trust litigation’. The ‘impressive’ Piers Barclay , the ‘polished and incisive’ Matthew Pintus  (now a consultant) and the ‘hugely successful’ Simon Day (a senior solicitor) are also recommended. Clients of the ‘completely top-class and extremely professional team’ include beneficiaries, spouses, trustees, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and those with hereditary wealth and protectors. The group regularly deals with some of the largest trusts and estates that often hold prominent businesses, other substantial property holdings and large cash and investment portfolios.

The ‘highly rated’ Mark Keenan  leads the team at Mishcon de Reya LLP, which is ‘undoubtedly first-class and is remarkable for its tenacity and attention to detail’. Other members of the excellent team include Peter Steen, managing associate Jessica Medus  who is ‘very able’ and legal director Janet Tobin who is a ‘very good operator’. James Smith  is described as an ‘up-and-coming associate who is meticulous in his attention to detail’. Keenan is adept at handling complex domestic and international trust and succession disputes often acting for ultra-high-net-worth individuals in cases frequently involving freezing injunctions and asset recovery in offshore jurisdictions. Active clients include Lord Weymouth, The Dowager Countess of Bathurst, Signia Wealth Limited and Lo Kai Shui.

Taylor Wessing LLP has a team of ‘excellent lawyers who are very conscientious and extremely thorough’. The ‘very commercial’ Andrew Hine  ‘finds solutions’ and Emma Jordan, who is also a Jersey advocate, is ‘highly knowledgeable and experienced’. Kirstie McGuigan has an ‘excellent intuitive grasp of complex legal problems and litigation strategy’. Caroline Tayler  is ‘well-organised’ and Kate Silbermann  has ‘excellent people skills’ - both are senior associates. Recent work includes acting for the corporate trustee of a Bahamian trust in proceedings brought by a beneficiary for breach of trust, which involved careful consideration of disclosure obligations across a number of jurisdictions over a period of more than twenty years in the context of complex waiver of privilege arguments.

Withers LLP's team ‘knows its clients’ concerns inside and out and then provides them with the most appropriate advice in a timely fashion’. Head of department Stephen Richards  is ‘clever and personable and has a superb way with clients; he manages to exude calmness even in the most hard-fought litigation’. Paul Hewitt ‘gets to the nub of a matter and is brilliant at seeing a way through it and having a clear plan of attack’. Dawn Goodman  is a ‘tenacious and able litigator with clear ideas and rapid judgement’. Steven Kempster  is well regarded and associate Sarah Aughwane receives a lot of accolades –‘she is smart and has been involved in a number of complex trust disputes and shows an impressive grasp of complex legal and factual issues’. The ‘hardworking’ Alice Tomlin  is ‘brilliantly organised’.

Bircham Dyson Bell's team is led by Geoffrey Kertesz, who has ‘excellent people skills and an ability to think outside the box’. Consultant John Darnton  ‘can see cases from every angle and has a great capacity for detail’. Senior associate Lorraine Jeffery  is ‘able to marshal complex facts in a case and then produce a solid analysis of the potential problems’. The practice has a particular focus on disputes that are heard in the English courts but have an offshore dimension. It is also well equipped to handle issues when disputes arise relating to legacies left to charities. Clients include a former trustee of the Savernake Estate.

Harcus Sinclair LLP ’s team of five partners and six lawyers is led by Damon Parker and the ‘fantastic’ Alison Meek . Other key figures include Jon Beresford and the ‘extremely impressive’ Lucy Gibson, who is ‘experienced, knowledgeable and can juggle the complexities of various legal systems masterfully’. Henry Hickman has particular experience advising trustees in the context of divorce proceedings and for beneficiaries in their interests under trusts when there is a dispute. Parker continues to act for the estate of the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes, which recently involved copyright issues arising from an attempt by a new biographer of the late Poet Laureate to publish previously unpublished literary material where copyright is owned by the executors of the estate. Other key clients include Bedell Cristin Jersey and the Iraq Britain Business Council.

The ‘extremely capable and personable’ Richard Norridge  heads the ‘well-resourced’ team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP . Norridge has a ‘good eye for detail and is always able to see the bigger picture which leads to a clear plan of action’. Of counsel Gareth Keillor is ‘bright, thorough, hardworking and is destined to become a major player in the contentious private client market’. The department acts for ultra-high-net-worth individuals as well as institutions, family offices, private banks and trust companies on complex and high-value matters involving multiple jurisdictions.

Kingsley Napley LLP's team ‘adopts an easy and collaborative style which is a great catalyst to case preparation and ultimately a successful outcome for its clients’. Practice head Ryan Mowat continues to attract complex and varied work including an increasing proportion of work involving fraud or with offshore elements. He is a member of ACTAPS and an accredited mediator. Recommended associates include Kate Salter, who is ‘building up a fantastic reputation in this field'; Anna Metadjer, who is ‘very competent, calm and reassuring'; and the 'terrific'  Katherine Pymont.

The ‘knowledgeable and pragmatic’ Nicholas Holland  at McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP  is ‘one of the best known trusts litigators in London and has a strong reputation in many offshore jurisdictions; he has exceptional knowledge of trusts issues and is skilled at handling complicated cross-border disputes’. Ziva Robertson’s contentious practice spans the Caribbean, the Channel Islands, Bermuda, Israel and Switzerland. Robertson routinely represents trustees, beneficiaries and protectors as well as companies and board members involved in fiduciary disputes. Counsel Lynsey McIntyre ‘knows what is what and how to get things done’. Significant clients include the Royal Bank of Canada, Hill Street Trustees as well as Pavilion Trustees Limited.

Stephenson Harwood has ‘assembled a highly talented and effective contentious trusts team’. The ‘highly experienced’ Jenny McKeown  is ‘tenacious and pragmatic; she manages her team and clients extremely well and leaves no stone unturned in the quest to get the right answer and then a win for her client’. The ‘commercial and constructive’ Helena Berman is also recommended. At associate level Kasia Sikora-Sikorski has a ‘keen eye for detail and an absolute mastery of the facts’. Alice Scott-Gatty is ‘really excellent with a strategic insight of someone many years her senior’ and Peter Gillis  is ‘insightful, commercial and pays good attention to detail’.  In a complex and multi-jurisdictional matter the team is acting for the Ong family who claimed that the house in which they once lived was the subject of a trust in which they are the beneficiaries. The ‘slick’ group routinely advises high-net-worth clients on a broad range of contentious trusts and probate matters frequently with an offshore element.

Anthony Gold ‘can fight it out with much bigger firms; the lawyers there know their stuff inside out and are meticulous in their work’. The group has a ‘sound grasp of the legal issues, a no-nonsense client-friendly approach and can robustly fight the clients’ corner’. Head of team is the ‘very knowledgeable and technically brilliant’ David Wedgwood, who has vast experience of all aspects of trusts and probate matters and also regularly acts in matters involving breach of trust and freezing orders. The ‘very client-focused and exceptional’ Clare Kelly ‘has a great eye for detail but can also identify the crux of the dispute'. Newly promoted partner Beth Holden  is ‘incisive and decisive; she blends sound judgement with great tenacity and an ability to effectively deal with both demanding clients and opponents’. Senior associate Monika Byrska  is ‘very straightforward and capable – she handles complex matters well’.

Burges Salmon LLP's ‘proactive and responsive’ Kevin Kennedy  ‘cuts through the legal issues, fights his clients’ cases aggressively but appropriately. His client care is impeccable’. Justin Briggs, who specialises in complex commercial and private onshore and offshore trusts litigation, ‘has his eye constantly on what is best for the client’. Senior associate Rachel Pinn  ‘always provides first-class advice’ and the ‘very responsive’ Caroline Emslie  (an associate) ‘sets out the legal arguments with clarity’. The team is acting in various matters involving high-value trusts or estates, often with significant multi-jurisdictional issues.

Howard Kennedy LLP  has a ‘perfectly formed team’ under the leadership of the ‘very hardworking’ Emily Mailer . Mailer has ‘firmly in mind her clients’ best interests and how to achieve their objectives’. Naomi O’Higgins  ‘is very measured, extraordinarily knowledgeable and gives practical and realistic advice’. Elizabeth Barclays  is a ‘hardworking solicitor who is excellent at managing clients’. The ‘very effective team’ works extensively with high-net-worth, entrepreneurial and creative sector clients and is skilled at handling complex, high-value and high profile disputes. It also frequently receives referrals from other leading firms and barristers. In addition the group has significant experience of co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional advice.

Hunters Law LLP  is praised for its ‘high level of success in difficult cases’ with the ‘fantastic, very savvy’ Richard Kershaw  at the helm. Kershaw ‘can see the answer straight away and can then get there with the minimum of fuss’. Newly promoted partner David Draisey  adopts a ‘calm and methodical approach to his work and is a rising star in contentious trust litigation’. The team handles an impressive range of matters both onshore and offshore for trustees and beneficiaries as well as for landed estates and City professionals, and acts on a broad range of trusts and probate disputes in the Court of Protection and the Chancery Division.

Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP ’s team has ‘specialist knowledge and conscientious solicitors. There is strength throughout the team from partner to associate level’. Arabella Murphy  who heads up the disputes team and her partners have ‘high levels of expertise. They are deeply experienced and are known and respected globally both for their litigation skills and their creative thinking in finding ways to resolve complex cases in their clients’ interests’. Other key members of the team include Richard Turnor  who is a ‘true leading statesman’; Emma-Jane Weider, who is ‘vastly experienced in tax and trusts matters and is an effective and efficient litigator’; and Clare Maurice, who is ‘recognised as one of the top international private client lawyers in the world’. Associate Rosalind Hetherington  has ‘excellent instincts – she is one to watch’. The ‘strong team’ acts for trustees, beneficiaries and members of ultra-high-net-worth families on a range of disputes both in the UK and offshore. Particular specialisms include advising on allegations of breach of trust and/fiduciary duty, proceedings for the removal of trustees and disputes generally about the validity of wills.

Payne Hicks Beach  is ‘regularly involved in very significant disputes both on the beneficiary and trustee side and continues to successfully build its reputation in this area’. Richard Manyon  is a ‘rising superstar with tremendous intellect and a lot of commercial nous’ and the ‘hugely knowledgeable and experienced’ Stephen King  is ‘great to have on your side and never misses anything’. Rosamond McDowell provides ‘sound and accessible advice to clients and always goes the extra mile for them’ and Dominic Crossley  ‘really fights his clients’ corner and remains calm under pressure while adding considerable value both tactically and legally’. Ane Vernon is a ‘very capable lawyer who builds up an excellent rapport with her clients who trust her implicitly’ and Emily Stoneham is also a ‘strong solicitor with good drafting skills’. The team continues to act for a Swiss trustee in relation to a substantial breach of trust claim over alleged excessive distributions by the former trustees.

Penningtons Manches Cooper fields an ‘incredibly responsive and super personable team that is always looking for the most cost-effective way to achieve the best result’. Head of team Michael Cash  has an ‘excellent mix of experience, knowledge and practical common sense’. Newly promoted partner Henrietta Mason  ‘stays calm even in the face of the worst adversity and is technically excellent. She is a very effective lawyer who attracts good work and will surely flourish as a partner’. Senior associate Sarah Lee  ‘ works tirelessly and is a fearsome advocate’. In a case that showcases the team’s ability to deal with complex cross border and high value matters it continues to act for the administrator of the estate of his Exalted Highness the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad. The long running dispute is over £35m that is held by National Westminster Bank that was deposited in 1948. Claimants to the funds are the States of India and Pakistan and various heirs to the 7th Nizam.

Russell-Cooke LLP  is ‘one of the major players in this area with the names and expertise to compete with the really big central London firms but with a slightly different, more client-focused approach’. The ‘knowledgeable’Alison Regan  ‘robustly fights her clients’ corner- she is always one step ahead while always taking a pragmatic and commercial approach with clients’. Regan advises on the full array of matters and many of the issues she advises on have an international element involving domicile issues or assets based abroad. Gareth Ledsham  is ‘very proactive and attentive and is easy to talk to. He has the perfect combination of sound instincts and deep legal knowledge’. Senior associate Hannah Mantle is ‘unflappable and develops a great rapport with clients’. The ‘really reliable team’ is adept at acting for professional administrators in contentious matters and also advises on contentious applications to the court of protection involving issues such as statutory wills.

At Stewarts Law LLP  James Price  is a ‘highly capable litigator who communicates very well with his senior clients’. Senior associate Emma McCall ‘combines an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law with a thoroughness and enthusiasm for her cases which few can match’. The department handles complex and large-scale disputes in England and other leading jurisdictions and acts for high-net-worth individuals, families, family offices, trustees and trust companies as well as charities.

VWV provides an ‘outstanding service’ with the ‘sensible and approachable’ Michelle Rose  at the helm. Marianne Nankervis  is ‘full of energy and ability’ and Fiona Lawrence is ‘meticulous in her attention to detail and has an excellent client manner’. Julia Hardy  is a ‘real gem’ and Sally Rushton is ‘wise and charming’. Rose is appointed on a regular basis as an independent administrator and court-appointed deputy. Clients include individuals, charities, high-net worth business clients, film producers, journalists, private banks, celebrities as well as politicians.

Wedlake Bell LLP  provides the ‘highest level of service without the highest price tag’. Andrew O’Keeffe  is ‘very commercially savvy – nothing fazes him’. The ‘immaculately prepared’ Caroline Miller  is noted for her ‘great attention to detail and fights hard for her clients’. O’Keeffe advises on a wide range of contentious and probate matters with particular expertise in disputes under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, where he has acted for spouses, partners, both adult and minor children as well as dependants. He has also advised executors in relation to these claims.

The ‘excellent’ team at Collyer Bristow LLP  provides ‘empathetic treatment to clients who are dealing with family fallouts over wills and provides sensible advice. The team is willing to go that extra mile for clients’. The group is managed by James Badcock whose clients include high-net-worth individuals and their families, trustees, foreign law firms and banks. Consultant John Rochman  and Samara Dutton  (a senior associate) ‘are particularly strong at handling difficult situations’.

Druces LLP  is ‘firm with a growing presence in this area’. Helen Freely  is ‘very good tactically’ and Matthew Duncan joined the team as a consultant from Kingsley Napley LLP. The group acts for individuals, beneficiaries, executors, trustees and charities in resolving disputes. Key clients include entrepreneurs and City individuals, fund managers and other high-net-worth individuals.

Frydenson & Co  is a ‘household known name in the private client sphere’. Henry Frydenson  is an ‘experienced sole practitioner with particular expertise in capacity issues and good experience in ADR’. He is particularly well regarded for his work in mediation and is a CEDR-accredited mediator. He is also skilled at handling all aspects of contentious trust and probate litigation.

Gowling WLG  fields an ‘accessible, responsive and highly skilled team’. James Sidwell  is an ‘excellent litigator with great technical expertise who works hard for his client. He has a keen intellect and superb tactical awareness’. The ‘highly skilled’ Catherine Naylor shows ‘outstanding attention to detail and impresses clients with her results-orientated outlook’. First Peninsula Trustees, Alliance Trust plc and Port of Hercules Trustees are all clients.

Irwin Mitchell strengthened its practice with the recruitment of Claire-Marie Cornford from Mishcon de Reya LLP . Cornford is an ‘experienced and very impressive lawyer, client focused and tactically astute’. Paula Myers is the national head who is based in Leeds and is also ‘very sensible and good at dealing with difficult people’. The team deals with the full spectrum of contested claims concerning the validity of wills and lifetime gifts.

Mills & Reeve LLP  has a team that provides ‘always timely responses and points that are well explained with clear recommendations’. David Catchpole  is a ‘seasoned litigator. He has a great capacity to soak up detailed facts whilst retaining a commercial outlook’. Principal associate Lucy Howard  is also ‘very strong’. The team advises on a broad range of disputes such as the validity of wills, actions involving trustees and executors and also acts for a number of charities involved in contested legacy matters.

Osbornes  has a ‘highly knowledgeable team that is realistic and practical in its approach and effective in standing up to unreasonable conduct on the other side’. Jan Atkins, who is frequently appointed as an independent administrator of disputed estates, ‘mixes business acumen with sound legal skills’. Elspeth Neilson  is ‘very reliable and practical’. The team frequently deals with cross-border estates for high–net-worth individuals.

Pinsent Masons LLP  has a team with a ‘first-rate understanding of complex, cross-border trust structures and administration’. The ‘highly experienced’ Michael Pulford  provides ‘extremely sound and easily understandable advice’. Pulford leads a team that represents a varied client base including leading trust companies and corporate service providers, trustees, family offices, beneficiaries, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and their corporates. He advises these clients on a broad range of heavyweight commercial, trust and family disputes. Harbour Guernsey and Deutsche Bank Private Wealth are key clients.

RadcliffesLeBrasseur's Nigel West  is a ‘highly experienced senior lawyer who brings a wealth of experience, common sense and commercial judgement to litigation and works hard to find a satisfactory solution to the client’s case’. The ‘very client-focused’ Jonathan Shankland is recommended for his ‘excellent tax knowledge’. The team acts on behalf of executors, administrators, beneficiaries and dependents on high-value and complex trusts and estates both in the UK and overseas.

Managing associate James Lister  at Stevens & Bolton LLP  is a ‘commercially astute, very hardworking and most importantly approachable’. Lister is experienced in advising on disputes over estate administration and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. The team focuses on high-value UK trust and estate work and advises trustees, beneficiaries, executors and claimants alike.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has ‘offices nationwide and provides a top-rate service to clients big and small’.Neil Long is ‘an excellent and charming lawyer who quickly wins the trust of his clients’. Long advises individuals, families, charities and trustees about the validity of wills and trust documents, undue influence, financial provision and other issues such as mental capacity. Managing associateRichard Pike  is ‘pragmatic, efficient and very personable – he is a tough and determined litigator’.

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