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I take issue with Arnold Rosen’s allegation in Viewpoint on 24 October that I have been disloyal to the Law Society, to the profession and to the public interest. His allegation is inaccurate, scurrilous and unworthy. It is possibly predictable in view of his track record as a biased and mudslinging critic of the SCB. […]

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