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Specialism is the order of the day

Meeting the everyday needs of firms as president of a local law society is paramount, says Paul Dyson

11 March 2014

Recent storms and floods have concentrated attention on the South West, and as senior partner of my firm and as president of Devon and Somerset Law Society, the most frequent question I have faced is whether I or anybody I know has been affected by the damage and disruption. It is only when discussing things further that I realise people do actually know where Teignmouth, where I live and work, actually is, although perhaps that is only because they have heard in the news that it is the nearest town to Dawlish, where the railway line collapsed into the sea.

Most practitioners in the Devon and Somerset area, which is primarily rural and consists of small firms, could be forgiven for thinking that the rest of t...

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