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Lord of the dance

At a recent speech given at the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre’s first anniversary, the former attorney general Lord Goldsmith reminisced about his early days as a lawyer. After setting up his own pro bono legal advice centre for teenagers in Bethnal Green, Goldsmith decided he had to find a way to get down with […]

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