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Matthew Ryder QC of Matrix and Alexandra Wilson of 5 St Andrews Hill discuss the detail and importance of the case Somerset v Stewart; what it means to them as British barristers of Caribbean heritage, why it is often overlooked by legal historians; and its importance in a modern context legally, politically and culturally.

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