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THE Union International des Avocats has launched expansion plans which will set it on a collision course with its avowed rival, the International Bar Association. The UIA has always been regarded as an organisation for lawyers of the French-speaking world, whereas the IBA is seen as more anglophile. But now it has elected an Australian […]

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THE FIRST Bar training courses to operate outside of the Inns of Court School of Law could run from as soon as 1996, according to Bar Council chair Robert Seabrook. Seabrook says that although numbers have not yet been finalised, it is likely four or five additional courses will be validated at institutions around the […]

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