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Former Law Soc head's son struck off for theft

The son of a former Law Society president has been stuck off after being convicted of stealing £200,000 from a client. Terence David Walton Liggins – the son of the late Sir Edmund Liggins, president of the Law Society in 1975 – was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court to 30 months imprisonment for the theft. […]

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