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Your focus on employment law (The Lawyer 21 March) was excellent. However, so far as your summary of the employment Bar is concerned I would like to make two points. First, Old Square Chambers undertakes a great deal of first rate respondent work and the ‘traditional’ emphasis on union work is misleading. Second, 4-5 Gray’s […]

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