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2 October 2015

The Opening of the Legal Year, a fixture in the legal calendar since the Middle Ages, saw the Law Society and the Bar set the tone for the next twelve months.

The society held a seminar on challenges to client confidentiality and legal professional privilege in the digital age, chaired by its president, Jonathan Smithers, whereas the chairman of the Bar, Alistair MacDonald QC, presided over a discussion which compared issues affecting witnesses in both criminal and civil proceedings in various types of tribunals around the world.

'The Opening of the Legal Year is the most celebrated event in the legal profession's calendar,' said MacDonald. 'The programme of events and the number and range of international participants demonstrates the global orientation of our profession. It also enables us to discuss the future of our profession and the challenges and opportunities we face, to refl...

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