Dr. Bob Murray illustrates the changes and pressures within the legal sector

Patrick is a solicitor with a small team in Taunton. I guess I’ve known him for over 30 years since I met him when I lived in Bath and worked for the BBC in Bristol. I directed the local news program “Points West” which often took me down to cover stories in his neck of Somerset.

“Taunton has a thousand-year history,” he told me recently when we had one of our Zoom catchups. “And I’ve been around for most of it. I’m as much of a fixture as the old Tudor buildings in Fore Street.”

As far as I can make out from the clues he’s dropped over the years I reckon he’s about 85. He’s still active in his practice and in various local charities. He sits on the board...

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