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My attention has been drawn to a piece in The Lawyer (8 September) which refers to an article under my name in the magazine Solo – published by the Sole Practitioners Group for its members. The Lawyer piece implied that I was suggesting that sole practitioners are most guilty of negligence and incompetent conveyancing. However, […]

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