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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester
Corporate and commercial: Manchester - ranked: tier 3


TLT advises on capital markets, venture capital, private equity and AIM IPOs for entrepreneurs and investors from across the UK and overseas. On the commercial side the firm deals with collaboration agreements, commercial joint ventures, data protection, export controls, outsourcing, public procurement, licensing and development. Key client sectors include retail and consumer goods, clean energy, leisure, and food and beverage. Ian Roberts and Stuart Campbell head the team. The "incredibly experienced" Stephen Devlin and Andrew Needham are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Ian Roberts; Stuart Campbell

Other key lawyers:Stephen Devlin; Andrew Needham; Elizabeth Delaney; Susan Honeyands; David Gardner; Pauline Cowie


'Stephen Devlin is measured, pleasant, incredibly experienced and has a really good mind'.

'Excellent - response times are good but if necessary, immediate action can and will be taken.'

'Stuart Campbell is very competent in drafting agreements and making sure that the client is not exposed.'

'The team provides a technically competent, reliable and personable service ensuring that they provide a timely service and have constant communication with you at all times.'

'Pragmatic, efficient and cost-effective.'

'Great team - they understand our business and are technically very strong.'

'TLT's team in Manchester is a very responsive and extremely pragmatic commercial team. They are effectively an extension of our in-house commercial contracts capability. They make sensible choices based on their in-depth knowledge of their client. This is the reason that I have continued to use them no matter what in-house role I move to.'

'Elizabeth Delaney particularly stands out as she is very commercially pragmatic and technically competent which is the winning combination for a corporate lawyer.'

David Gardner and Tim Waller are both knowledgable and approachable individuals who are able to manage complex legal matters in a coherent manner.'

'Stuart Campbell is the most responsive law firm partner that I have ever worked with. He is always on hand to assist immediately with on-point legal advice. He really invests in his client relationships and ensures the gateway into TLT is efficient as he personally oversees that I am directed to the right lawyer in the right team. He is the face of TLT for me with a great network with the firm. This is evidenced by him taking ownership to ensure that the client experience is friction-free by directly reaching out to other teams within the firm. Stuart always thinks about what else he can bring to the client relationship and he offers creative value-added services that cements the bond between firm and client. And he also happens to be one of the most pragmatic, no-nonsense commercial lawyers that I have worked with.'

'Alex Williamson is a shining star; his drafting is excellent. His attention to detail is superb. His expert guidance has developed through the years and his steer on commercial matters is nimble and on-point. He is one to watch.'

Key Clients

Examworks UK Limited

boohoo group plc

K3 Capital Group plc

Uinsure Limited

Shareholders of NWC Group and High Access Group

Sainsbury's Plc (including Argos and Habitat)

Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

Elavon Financial Services

Close Brothers

Crown Commercial Service

Work highlights

  • Advised fashion company Boohoo on its appointment of a new CEO, John Lyttle, from Primark, to take on the role previously shared by joint CEOs and founders Mahmud Kamani and Carol Kane with effect from March 2019.
  • Advised new outsourcing client Teleperformance on its framework agreement for contact centre services with KIWI.
  • Advised on a five year engagement with Clipper Logistics whereby Clipper will provide warehousing and logistics services to the firm at a centre just outside Sheffield
  • Acted for the shareholders of Nationwide Window Cleaning and High Access, both investee companies of Business Growth Fund.
  • Advised Uinsure on a group restructuring and the implementation of a group financing facility.
Leading individuals

Andrew Needham - TLT

Stephen Devlin - TLT

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North West: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 2


TLT advises on high-profile and high-value financial services disputes, while also demonstrating a strong track record on contentious regulatory investigations. Clients include major banks, alternative lenders and fintech companies, as well as peer to peer lenders, loan acquirers and building societies. James Chadwick heads the team, which aims to distinguish itself from larger peers by offering agile and innovative pricing and service offerings via collaboration with other firms and accountants.

Practice head(s):James Chadwick

Other key lawyers:Roisin McGlinn; Chantal Peters; Ben Spivey


'Experts in their field and highly commercial.'

'Exceptional in dealing with complex matters.'

'James Chadwick and his team have a deep understanding of their field and do not encourage us to pursue situations unless they have confidence in the outcome.'

Key Clients

Aldermore Bank

Bank of America, ML



The Cooperative Bank plc



The Royal Bank of Scotland




Unicredit, Redstone Mortgages Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Co-operative Bank on the successful defence of two 'test case' claims from a claims management company with allegations of interest only mortgage misspelling and breach of mortgage conduct of business.
  • Acting for a major clearing bank on a highly confidential internal investigation following whistleblowing allegations concerning the conduct of a large scale remediation project.
  • Instructed on behalf of a commercial bridging lender in respect of a portfolio that had been subject to fraudulent activity leading to a loss of security.
  • Advised on claim by a panel law firm against a major client relating to the sale of the secured Redstone portfolio and purported breaches of the contract for litigation and conveyancing services.
Leading individuals

James Chadwick - TLT

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Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 4


TLT 's practice,  handles litigation, arbitration and all forms of alternative dispute resolution. Key client sectors include retail, leisure, food and drink, clean energy, digital and the public sector. Emma Flower co-heads the team and deals with commercial disputes, including contractual and warranty claims, supply chain cases, commercial agency issues, professional negligence claims and shareholder disputes. Julien Luke also co-heads the team and is experienced in disputes in the energy sector. Jon Hainey joined the firm from DWF, he is adept at handling commercial disputes for a broad range of clients from SMEs to multi-national businesses, and public law disputes for and against local authorities and central government.

Practice head(s):Emma Flower; Julien Luke

Other key lawyers:Jon Hainey; Gary Freeman; Helen Daley


TLT are above par and fresh in their approach to clients’.

Jon Hainey stands out; he leads his team well and is always available’.

Jon Hainey is a sound litigator, a safe pair of hands and effective in an understated way’.

Key Clients

Co-operative Group Limited

CityFibre Limited

Entanet International Limited

Farmcare Trading Limited

Movianto UK Limited

New World Trading Company UK Limited


Provident Financial plc

Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland

Search Consultancy Limited

Wilker UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Lancashire County Council (LCC) judicially reviewed DEFRA's decision to withdraw Waste Infrastructure Credits following LCC's reorganisation of its waste management facilities across the County which primarily involved terminating an expensive PFI contract with the then provider of services.

Leading individuals

Emma Flower - TLT

Jon Hainey - TLT

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2


TLT advises on the recovery of outstanding mortgage arrears and property for a variety of clients, including financial institutions and banks. Other areas of expertise include recovery of ground rent and service charge arrears for property management companies, landlords and developers. Legal director Darren Shaw heads the team.

Practice head(s):Darren Shaw

Other key lawyers:James Chadwick; David Robinson

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4


TLT 's banking and finance team is regularly instructed by banks and other financial institutions on complex real estate finance and social housing finance transactions. The team is also noted for its corporate lending practice, and the team acts for both lenders and borrowers. Department head Paul Crighton is a 'technically talented lawyer but combines this with personal charm and straightforward communication'.

Practice head(s):Paul Crighton

Other key lawyers:Paul Brock


The team is knowledgeable, diligent and capable and it produces high-quality work

Paul Crighton takes the time to find out what it is that the client really wants, and then works with that in mind

Paul Crighton does not shy away from a hard negotiation where required but executes transactions in a collaborative manner wherever possible

Paul Brock is highly recommended


Key Clients

Lloyds Banking Group


Royal Bank of Scotland

Santander UK

The Co-operative Bank

Bank of Baroda

Work highlights

  • Advised Bank of Baroda and Canara Bank on a £200m development financing loan for a new luxury Mandarin boutique hotel and 79 apartments in Mayfair.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4


TLT handles a range of corporate restructuring and insolvency mandates and regularly acts for insolvency practitioners, mid-market corporates, banks and other financial institutions. The health and social care sector is a key area of focus and the team is also able to advise on complex pensions-related restructuring mandates. Team head Alastair Lomax 'provides clear, pragmatic and unambiguous advice'.

Practice head(s):Alastair Lomax


The firm provides an extremely collaborative and joined up approach and there is a very clear sense that the interests of the client are at the heart of the day-to-day service provided

The team genuinely cares about the outcome which sets it apart from numerous other firms

Alastair Lomax is particularly adept at diffusing potentially adversarial issues via his excellent communication skills


Key Clients

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Lloyds Banking Group Plc

Deloitte LLP



FRP Advisory LLP

Alix Partners LLP

Duff & Phelps

Begbies Traynor

Grant Thornton LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Deloitte, the administrators of a group of companies which owned and operated eight care homes and a block of flats.
  • Advised FRP Advisory as administrators of Birchen House, a Liverpool-based property developer, on an application to court permit the sale of the company's sole asset.
  • Advised the management of Pure Contract Furniture in the course of trading prior to the company's administration and acted for the management team in acquiring Pure's business and assets from KPMG as its administrators.
  • Advised Gojumpin Trampolines on the preparation and successful implementation of its landlord company voluntary arrangement across 10 locations in England and Scotland.  
  • Acted for Phoenix CNC Engineering, the purchaser,  (from administration) of the aerospace, automotive and defence engineering business EPM Technology.
Leading individuals

Alastair Lomax - TLT

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North West: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 2


TLT's employment team has grown recently with the arrival of Paula Cole from Squire Patton Boggs, followed by the addition of two other solicitors - Melissa McLoughlin, also from Squire Patton Boggs, and Katie Dyson from Aaron & Partners LLP. The department, under the leadership of Ed Cotton, advises on a range of complex employment issues, including matters relating to equal pay, TUPE, large scale reorganisations, restrictive covenants, whistleblowing, trade union and industrial relations, working with clients across the banking, insurance, financial services, retail, housing, leisure and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):Ed Cotton

Other key lawyers:Paula Cole; Jessica Foster

Key Clients UK Limited

Search Consultancy Ltd

Preston North End Football Club

Servoca plc

Classic Lodges Limited

Well Pharmacy (formerly Co-operative Pharmacy)

Nichols plc

University of Central Lancashire

Bombardier Transportation

Ultimate Products plc

Auden Group

Finning UK & Ireland Limited

Leading individuals

Paula Cole - TLT

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3


Led by Jason Cropper, TLT's health and safety practice handles food safety, environmental enforcement and other criminal prosecutions. The department also advises companies on regulatory compliance, particularly in relation to remedial action following injuries or fatalities.

Practice head(s):Jason Cooper

Other key lawyers:Duncan Reed; Angela Craven; Liam Whitefield


'TLT has a unique experience in health and safety in the water Industry. It is ideally placed within the market to give big City experience and advice at a regional level.'

'Duncan Reed is the standout individual in the team, with substantial experience in the area. His easy, confident manner underlies his iron determination to get the best result for the client. He is known by both other solicitors and counsel who operate in the area as the man with for the big case.'

'Jason Cropper is very experienced, while Angela Craven is a very well prepared and detailed solicitor with a cheerful and helpful approach.'

Key Clients

Iceland Foods

Biffa Waste

Pennon Group

South West Water

JD Sports

James West Ltd

Gaskell Waste (North West Ltd)

British Renewables Ltd

Nationwide Building Society

Elavon Financial Services

Bohoo / PLT (Pretty Little Thing)

The Co-operative group

Bibby Hydromap

Greene King

Work highlights

  • Received three new regulatory instructions from Iceland Foods, an existing client of the firm, relating to health and safety and food safety.
  • Advised Southern Water on an internal investigation concerning safety and other environmental concerns at the company from 2014 to 2018.
  • Advising James West in respect on a health and safety investigation concerning a site in Manchester where there were two fatalities. The investigation was originally a joint investigation involving GM Police who were investigating a potential murder
  • Advise Pretty Little Thing in connection with various health and safety and regulatory matters.

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Pensions - ranked: tier 3


Legal director Damien Garrould, who leads TLT's northwest pensions team from Manchester, is adept at advising on wide range of pension law matters including public sector outsourcings and pension scheme investments. Garrould also has particular expertise in relation to self-invested personal pension schemes as well as small self-administered schemes, and regularly provides pensions advice to the wider firm's employment clients.

Practice head(s):Damien Garrould


'Very knowledgable in their field, -they explain things in laymans terms so it is easy to understand the processes required and the risks involved.'

'Damian Garrould is very friendly, affable and knowledgable.'

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North West: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 4


TLT handles a range of procurement, IT transformations, and large-scale development and regeneration projects. In Manchester, the team has a growing presence across planning, regeneration projects, real estate, tax, and procurement mandates. It also handles commercial and contractual work and is instructed on disputes. John Hyde heads the property development team and litigator Jon Hainey is experienced in public law and procurement disputes.

Other key lawyers:John Hyde; Jon Hainey; Kuldip Dhanoya; Debbie Reynolds


The team has the ability to cut through the legal jargon to provide succinct advice.'

They team is excellent at flagging the key risks and helping the client to make an informed decision.'

'Debbie Reynolds is friendly, approachable and knowledgeable.'

Key Clients

London Borough of Islington

Warrington Borough Council

Cheshire East Council

London Borough of Barnet

Work highlights

  • Advised Warrington Borough Council on the CPO processes to deliver a high profile highway scheme intended to alleviate town centre traffic congestion in Warrington.
  • Advised The London Borough of Islington on CPOs relating to the redevelopment of Telfer House, an apartment block in London.
  • Acted for Lancashire County Council on a judicial review of DEFRA's decision to withdraw Waste Infrastructure Credits
  • Advised Warrington Borough Council on land assembly and advised on a legal review of the bid for central Government funding relating to the proposed Western Link road, a highway infrastructure scheme which will open up c.205 acres of land for redevelopment.
  • Advised Cheshire East Council on land assembly, land referencing, planning and highways issues relating to the unlocking of a number of sites ahead of HS2's arrival at Crewe railway station in 2027.  

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 3


TLT stands out for its sector focus approach, with expertise across retail, consumer goods, clean energy, leisure, food, drink, digital and public sector real estate instructions - and the Manchester team is particularly noted for its financial services expertise. The team handles transactional and portfolio management work and is also engaged on real estate developments.  Andy Bell heads the financial services sector for real estate department. Elsewhere, John Hyde leads the property development team, Daniel Sweeney heads the retail property team and Philip Moran heads the leisure property team.

Practice head(s):Maria Connolly (Bristol)

Other key lawyers:Andy Bell; Patrick Sheehan; John Hyde; Daniel Sweeney; Philip Moran; Fay Wilshaw; Rachel Smith; Qasim Mohammed


The Manchester office provides excellent client focus in real estate and commercial property matters.

The team has a pragmatic and commercially astute approach which adds value.

Qasim Mohammed is a highly respected and competent professional with excellent client focus and a commercially pragmatic approach.

John Hyde provides an excellent and dedicated service.

Key Clients

Lloyds Banking Group

Pets at Home

SUK Retail Limited (Office Outlet)

Landmark Investments Group

New World Trading Company

Royal Bank of Scotland


Total Fitness

Iceland Foods

Hydes Brewery

Aviva Public Private Finance

Manchester Airports Group

Work highlights

  • Advise Pets at Home on acquisitions, disposals, asset management and property or construction litigation.
  • The team advises New World on its ongoing acquisition programme which included the acquisition of new sites in Milsom Street Bath, Cathedral Lanes Coventry and Church Street, Cardiff.
  • The team advises Manchester Airports Group on all real estate asset management work on an exclusive bases, which includes the group's core and non-core lettable estate across all three airports; Manchester, East Midlands and London Stansted.
  • Advised on the acquisition, development, finance and occupational letting of a portfolio of luxury care homes for Athena Healthcare Group and its related companies.
  • Advised Landmark on the acquisition of a portfolio of retirement living ground apartments and residential schemes.

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 4


TLT's planning department is instructed by local authorities and public sector clients on major regeneration and infrastructure projects. Associate Debbie Reynolds, who heads the team in Manchester, is a compulsory purchase specialist and is regularly instructed on regeneration and infrastructure schemes for promoting authorities and developers through joint venture arrangements.

Practice head(s):Katherine Evans (Bristol); Debbie Reynolds


'Debbie Reynolds has built up an enviable planning and compulsory purchase practice, acting for a number of local authorities. She really know her stuff and gets on with delivering a great service to clients in a low key but efficient way.'

Key Clients

Warrington Borough Council

Cheshire East Council

Castlefield Estates

Muse Developments

Equality and Human Rights Commission

The London Borough of Islington

The London Borough of Barnet

WH Smith

Nationwide Building Society

Catalyst Housing

Work highlights

  • Advised Warrington Borough Council on the Centre Park Link highway scheme, which included advising on compulsory purchase orders relating to the project.
  • Advising Warrington Borough Council on to the proposed Western Link road, a high-profile highway infrastructure scheme which will open up c.205 acres of land for redevelopment.
  • Advising Muse Developments Ltd, as the developer partner to Warrington Borough Council, in relation to the £140m regeneration of the Time Square area of Warrington Town Centre, in order to facilitate the comprehensive redevelopment and improvement of the area and to create a vibrant, mixed-use, high-quality town centre development.
  • Advising Cheshire East Council on its plan to unlock a number of sites ahead of HS2's arrival at Crewe railway station in 2027.
  • Advised the London Borough of Islington on the redevelopment of Telfer House, a 1970s apartment block in Islington.
Rising stars

Debbie Reynolds - TLT

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3


TLT is regularly engaged on property disputes across the leisure, retail, housing, energy, financial services and public sectors. The team handles a range of landlord and tenant cases involving rent reviews, lease renewals and contractual disputes. The team acts for commercial landlords, tenants, public sector bodies, housing associations, property developers, investors, financial institutions and insolvency practitioners. Portfolio management is also a key area of activity for the team. Matthew Forrest acts for clients across the retail, leisure, energy and development sectors, and James Chadwick is experienced in advising financial services sector clients.

Practice head(s):Matthew Forrest; James Chadwick; Mark Routley


The team is quick to react and deals with complex and difficult matters

James Chadwick is very helpful and approachable.

Key Clients

Pets at Home Limited/ Companion Care (Services) Limited / Vets4Pets

Manchester Airports Group

WH Smith

Well Pharmacy

Nationwide Building Society

Staples UK

Greene King

SUK Retail (Staples/Office Outlet)

Iceland Foods

Redstone Mortgages

Landwood Commercial (Manchester)

Lloyds Banking Group

Cosmo Restaurants

Work highlights

  • Represented Iceland Foods in an appeal to the Supreme Court relating to the determination of the scope of the expression 'trade processes' as it appears in the regulatory provisions governing the inclusion of plant and machinery in non-domestic rating valuations.  Iceland won on appeal to the Supreme Court, overturning the decisions of the Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal.    
  • Acting on behalf of developer EMD (Walthamstow) in relation to a contested lease renewal involving licensed premises in Walthamstow.
  • Advised Vets 4 Pets in relation to claims arising from the redevelopment of premises impacting upon the client's rights under their lease and their ability to operate from the location.
  • Acted on behalf of Pets at Home in relation to a dispute arising from the deflection of the floor slab at their central distribution centre.
  • The team is instructed by a major high street building society on all property litigation and management matters relating to its high street branch portfolio.  Recent instructions have included lease renewals (contentious and non-contentious), dilapidations disputes, party wall issues, contested break options and general property management issues/disputes.
Next Generation Partners

Matthew Forrest - TLT

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2


TLT acts for national and international corporations on IT projects, open banking, cloud services and digital transformations. Other areas of expertise include procurement, outsourcing,, software development and systems integration. Key client sectors include financial services, fintech, retail, TMT and the public sector. David Gardner - who has 'a wealth of knowledge and experience across key technical developments in the IT world' - heads the team and leads on significant IT transactions from the Manchester office.

Practice head(s):David Gardner


'David Gardner has long been a rising star and is the partner you want in your corner. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience across key technical developments in the IT world.'

Key Clients

A national leading UK clearing bank

Close Brothers Limited

Elavon Financial Services DAC

The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

The National Crime Agency

JD Sports plc

Pets at Home

Iceland Foods

Leading individuals

David Gardner - TLT

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2


TLT acts for household name clients in relation to IP litigation, trademarks, patents, copyright, design rights and IT issues. On the non-contentious side the firm advises on new IP development, strategic licensing and IP transfers. Key client sectors include retail and consumer goods, financial services, TMT and leisure. The 'very service-minded' Graeme Orchison heads the team and specialises in litigation at trial and in the appellate courts, working in tandem with Bristol-based James Touzel.

Practice head(s):Graeme Orchison; James Touzel

Other key lawyers:David Gardner; Jake Campbell


'Graeme Orchison is supremely talented, has bags of experience and plenty to offer in terms of strategy as well as technically. He is one I would want on my side in any IP litigation. He is very good indeed.'

'Graeme Orchinson is underestimated by big City lawyers/firms. He is an excellent litigator.'

‘Graeme Orchison has a hands-on approach’.

‘Graeme Orchison is very service-minded and has always given fast and clear answers to the questions we have had’.

‘They are very responsive to commercial needs.’

'Graeme Orchison and his TLT colleagues give the appropriate legal advice but have the ability to work with the client to make the correct commercial decisions.'

'Graeme Orchison is in my opinion the best IP lawyer in the North of England.'

Key Clients

National leading UK clearing bank

Sainsbury's Argos Ltd

Beaconsfield Footwear Ltd

D Jacobson & Sons Ltd (owner of the GOLA brand)

Major global brewer

Leading North West based manufacturer of food packaging machinery

The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

learndirect Limited

Matalan Limited

Household name retailer with over £1bn in turnover

R. Faerch A/S

Work highlights

  • Acting for R. Faerch in patent validity dispute with Quinn Packaging concerning the chemical and engineering technology relating to plastic trays for fresh food and their sealing properties.
  • Acting for Sainsbury's Argos in ongoing trade mark infringement and passing off litigation against Sainsbury's Argos Systems Inc.
  • Exclusive provider of IP support services to D Jacobson & Sons Ltd, an independent designer, manufacturer and supplier of footwear in the UK and internationally, including under the GOLA brand.
  • Acting for Matalan on an appeal from the UK Intellectual Property Office to the High Court by SoulCycle regarding the 'Souluxe' trade mark.
  • Acting for a household name retailer on a trade mark infringement claim in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, relating to new range branding.
Leading individuals

Graeme Orchison - TLT

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