The Lawyer Inquiry: Sailesh Mehta

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I wanted to practise family law because it has an extra dimension – dealing with people and people’s lives. It is a great privilege to be travelling along people’s lives with them, but you have to take the rough with the smooth, and acknowledge that not everybody loves you. The interesting work begins when you […]

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