David Perry QC’s decision to act in the Hong Kong prosecution of nine defendants on two charges of unauthorized assembly has come in for a great deal of criticism. This includes the current (Conservative) Foreign Secretary, a former (Labour) Lord Chancellor, and other legal luminaries, politicians and lawyers. The press reports, and comments garnered from … Continue reading Hong Kong Questions
The multiple ironies of what happened here, early in the Covid-crisis, will not be lost on many. The SDT have stayed the SRA's prosecution of Mark Mansell for professional misconduct. The case arises out of the NDAs negotiated for Harvey Weinstein against Zelda Perkins and Rowena Chiu. The saga ends, if it has ended, where … Continue reading NDA, Redacted
Steven and I have been moved by the untimely death of Professor Deborah Rhode. Deborah was one of the giants of legal ethics. She has shown great personal kindness to many legal ethics scholars, and written many great works. As it happens last week we were finalising a chapter on leading works on ethics for … Continue reading In honour of Deborah Rhode
A personal Statement from 'barrister' and director of plan.b earth (published yesterday) Tim Crosland has caused a stir, because of an apparently deliberate and pre-meditated breaching of a Supreme Court embargo on its decision on Heathrow’s Third Runway (published today). It began like this: Tomorrow, 16 December, the Supreme Court will publish its judgement on … Continue reading On deliberate contempt as professional martyrdom
A quick post from me, based on my tweets yesterday, on the overturning of the SDT decision in the Beckwith case. I blogged about the original decision here. This is what I said of note: The SDT is not as clear as we might hope about what is the behaviour that is being criticised here … Continue reading Beckwith 2: the SDT’s card should be marked
John Armour, Richard Parnham and Mari Sako have put up an interesting paper on ‘Augmented Lawyering’. The central aim is to consider what impact artificial intelligence and “associated digital technology” will have on the work of lawyers and the structure of law firms. It is an empirical study based on 52 interviews and a survey … Continue reading Is Law Tech augmented lawyering?
The Navigator Equities v Deripaska  EWHC 1798 (Comm) provides an interesting account of a troubling case. It raises questions about the conduct of the case by a Clifford Chance partner. It left me wondering if the SRA needs to conduct a thematic review of the area. And whilst it is tempting to ask again … Continue reading Integrity, independence, and culture: not a Russian problem, a professional problem
I wanted to put together a list for (law) students interested in twitter as to who from the world of law they might want to follow. I did a tweet to garner views. It produced dozens and dozens of recommendations. You can read those here. Here is my off the cuff list of people to … Continue reading Tweeters for Law Students
The Bridge report, funded by a plurality of the biggest London HQed law firms, has produced an excellent report on class, race, and gender in law firms. Data driven excellence, presented with a keen eye on its busy audiences. This quote sums it up for me: “I can’t stand more debate. Let’s get something done.” … Continue reading Broken Models are Made not Born
Thank you again all of you. for the lovely messages and comments and DMs on this blog. It's been so overwhelming, beautiful, and touching, I think I need to stem the tide a bit, and take the post down. I hope everyone understands. Remember the feeling and send those emails! Private time now.