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US, UK firms and the modifying of lockstep: a response (Guest Post)

I wanted to respond to the Lawyer Watch note about profit enhancement in firms and its impact on ethical behaviour. Because I do not want to be seen to be betraying confidences this is anonymous, but I spent long periods … Continue reading

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Locked in the jaws of the market?

Alex Novarese has written a typically robust blog about the way leading London (HQed) firms have clung to lockstep encourages partner exits to firms redder in tooth and claw.  It’s a sign of the way in which firms are locked … Continue reading

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Amicable by Design: why Minimally Vain Products might be the way forward

Every year I try to teach my students just a little something about legal design. A fledgling discipline, but one I think with the potential to reshape how law students and lawyers think about law and legal service in ways more … Continue reading

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SRA Consultation on Price and other Information

In a recent Consultation document the SRA are proposing to: require firms to publish their price for services (limited initially to a select number of legal services) require firms to publish a description of the services they offer – in the … Continue reading

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CQS, TLS, CC and the SDT – a few thoughts on independence

The Advertising Authority’s decision that the Law Society produced a misleading advert for its Conveyancing Quality Scheme. You can read the decision here (it is short). In sum, The ad stated “All Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme firms go through … Continue reading

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Secondments, Conflicts, and Banking

James Hurley has an interesting story in today’s Times about professional advisers breaching confidentiality during secondments to RBS’s bank Global Restructuring Group. It states some of the allegations relate to ‘lawyers’ and highlights one case involving a solicitor. Promontory highlighted the … Continue reading

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AO, AO, AO: Weinstein’s men and the long arm of the law

The FT has published a detailed story (£) on Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) with Allen & Overy the focus, for having represented Harvey Weinstein during a sexual harassment claim. Of course, Harvey W is as entitled to legal representation as the next … Continue reading

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