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On 9th June the High Court settled this long-running conundrum by sealing a consent order in which the Secretary of State agreed that paragraph 109 of the Framework is not a restrictive policy for the purposes of footnote 9.  This Note explains why…

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I concur with your editorial (The Lawyer 22 June) in which you suggest the profession should vote for Kamlesh Bahl as deputy vice-president. She represents a constituency of more than 6,000 members who are generally under-represented. Commerce and Industry is an important sector of the profession. Apart from the expert legal work they do themselves, […]

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