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Slaughter and May would have been careful enough to ensure that the payments could not be effectively challenged as a preference.

It is sometimes the case that law firms act in a way that, although legal, many would consider to be sharp practice, immoral or inappropriate. See, for example, the matter of the NDA produced by Allen & Overy in the Weinstein matter or Blake Morgan registering as a trade mark the name of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club on behalf of a newly-formed subsidiary of a its client who was in dispute with the club. But surely, a creditor, albeit a law firm, is not acting inappropriately in pressing for payment if it gets wind of a debtor facing imminent financial difficulties.

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