Category Archives: Ethics

Liberté, égalité, fraternité: Professional Principles en France

A friend has emailed me a translation of professional principles applicable to lawyers in France. There are interesting differences from the position over here, which in the light of the ongoing debate around Frances Andrade and the criminal justice systems … Continue reading

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Adversarial Anxieties: Let’s not stop asking questions

The tragic death of Frances Andrade is being linked with her experience of the criminal justice system; both her cross-examination (see the Guardian story here) and alleged inadequacies in witness support (see the Evening Standard here).  It’s fair to say … Continue reading

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Curb your enthusiasm: time to act on finessing witness statements?

An interesting story in the Lawyer about Peter Smith J criticising SNR Denton for their handling of witnesses and witness statements.  I was reminded immediately of Gloster J’s comments in the Abramovich-Berenovsky case about the polishing of evidence.  The tension between lawyers duty … Continue reading

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Hacking*: Is Litigation Funding Compromising the Lawyer Client Relationship?

There’s a very interesting story from Roy Greenslade on the Guardian about journalists arrested in the ongoing hacking investigations. If his informants are right then there is a serious risk that News International funding of employee defences is compromising the … Continue reading

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Conflicts of Interest? Lawyers and the Public Interest

In this talk* I am going to to focus on a fundamental and, I think, increasingly important, conflict of interest; a conflict at the heart of several current controversies surrounding public and legal life.  That is the conflict between the … Continue reading

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What’s the story with solicitors’ complaints and LeO?

The Legal Services Board have published an interesting summary of research on the legal services market which is well worth a read. Especially if you a member of the legal profession, aren’t really up for the vigorous competition coming your … Continue reading

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Judgment-based practice and lawyers as gate-keepers: a return to ethics?

The business pages tell us corporate leaders, perhaps cowed by reactions to executive pay and the more general desire to rebuild the legitimacy of capitalism, are increasingly interested in ethics. An interesting question is whether this change, if it is … Continue reading

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