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CPS lawyer joins chambers

THE FIRST CPS lawyer to prosecute in a Crown Court has left the service to join a set of chambers as a barrister. Philip Drinkwater, a former branch crown prosecutor, has been made a tenant at Exeter’s newly named Colleton Chambers, which has just relocated. He made history with the CPS in 1986 when he […]

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