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Hardwicke Building, the chambers of Nicholas Stewart QC (left), has been joined by Christopher Bayliss of One Inner Temple Lane. Called in 1986, Bayliss specialises in employment and motor industry law. The employment team now has 10 members. The arrival of Bayliss continues the chamber’s strategy of strengthening its specialist teams by selective recruitment.

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