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Rushing to protect in the wake of Paris

Knee jerk reactions that may impinge on our civil liberties are not what is needed right now, writes John van der Luit-Drummond

20 November 2015

The deadly terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015 shocked the world. Few who followed the events of last Friday would have failed to be moved by the shocking images beamed across the globe.

Among the 129 innocent lives taken in last week's senseless wave of violence was that of 26-year-old Hogan Lovells associate Valentin Ribet. The 'brilliant' young white collar crime specialist undertook his legal training at Simmons & Simmons, Freshfields, and Reinhart Marville Torre, before completing a postgraduate LLM at the London School of Economics last year.

A victim of the Bataclan concert hall siege, Ribet joins a sadly ever-growing list of legal professionals who have fallen victim to indiscriminate acts of international terrorism. Among the 52 victims of the 2005 terror attacks in London was 29-year-old s...

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