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How many lawyers does it take to open an Olympic Games? Kevin Poulter investigates from a particularly unique vantage point

30 July 2012

So the Olympic bandwagon has rolled, sprinted, swam, cycled, rowed, shot-put, javelined and damn well exploded into and all over town. I am presuming that no one was held up by the strikes at the borders, on the trains, buses and tube and that we really are, as Boris proclaimed: “ready”.

The flame has been carried, abseiled and, on more than one occasion, extinguished as it made its way around the land. The country has rallied and united in its mock disdain and, surely, the bunting market has now peaked – at least until Camilla is crowned Queen! This might even be the last time we see quiet lanes on most London roads and the least number of road work, but back to the question: how many lawyers does it take to make the Olympics happen?

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