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One last last word

Richard Barr looks back on a 40-year love affair with a legal journal dedicated to the interests of solicitors

22 September 2017

The book 84 Charing Cross Road was a charming, poignant work published in the 1970s consisting entirely of an exchange of letters, spanning 20 years, passing between the author Helene Hanff and a bookshop in Charing Cross Road. It was described as a love affair between the author and a bookshop. The book was so successful that it was adapted as a film and a stage play.

My love affair with a journal dedicated to the interests of solicitors will attract no such accolades, even though it has lasted for more than 40 years – especially as it is shortly to be brought abruptly to an end.

It began quietly enough nearly 50 years ago when I was a reluctant articled clerk in the country firm in which my late father was the senior partner (having reached that heady status in the small town office in Wisbech when his own senior partner fell out of a train while...

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