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According to at least one Labour MP, politicians view lawyers in the same way many people view politicians: at best they don’t trust them, at worst they think they are over-paid, elitist and arrogant.It is an uncomfortable fact that, as the battle over the Access to Justice Bill enters the House of Commons, many MPs […]

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In brief: Freshfields

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