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Ian Hunter is an assistant solicitor in the employment department of London law firm Fox Williams. Born in County Down, Northern Ireland, in 1961, he now lives in Fulham, London.

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Your editorial, “A short-term view”, The Lawyer 21 March, is aptly titled but misconceived. It dismisses concerns about the exploitation of students, the representativeness of the profession and debt. Your short-term view is that by abolishing the minimum salary these problems will be solved. They will not. It is vital that some basic facts are […]

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