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AIM to the rescue in computer 'crisis'

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Election swells ranks of PI bar

PERSONAL injury barristers have burst on to the Bar political scene with the election of the president of their newly-formed group on to the council. Personal Injury Bar Association president Daniel Brennan QC is one of the three silks to be voted on to the council in this year’s round of elections. The association was […]

Apil moots own practice policies

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Programme accuses court of self-interest

THE COURT of Appeal has been accused of putting the interests of the legal profession above the interests of justice. The charge has been levelled by the television programme Trial and Error following the rejection of an appeal by 64-year-old Sheila Bowler, who was convicted of murdering her elderly aunt. A petition will now be […]

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