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The History of legal operations, and why you need it As you’re reading this paper you’re probably already aware of what legal operations is, but may be seeking more clarity on what the function should and should not cover in order to address the skills needed and help you create the best team. Broadly speaking, […]

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Field to visit Sierra Leone as IBA rep

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