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When I was a neophyte lawyer many years ago, I was asked
to analyze a commercial lease between our corporate client, the
lessee and occupant of the property, and a local landowner who
was the landlord. Occupancy of the space had ceased to be useful
and the client wanted out. The issue I addressed was whether a
particular clause could be read as permitting the lessee to escape.
In today's vocabulary, the analysis would be described as
"aggressive." The memorandum was then reviewed by a senior
partner, who was in charge of the relationship with the client. He
rejected the conclusion, saying: "I don't think that's the right way
to read the lease. The client made the deal, and it ought to stick
with its bargain." The client was advised accordingly.
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