Integrity, independence, and culture: not a Russian problem, a professional problem

The Navigator Equities v Deripaska [2020] 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

What should COVID-19 CEOs do about The Mayson Report Section 4.12, if anything?

This guest post by Ciarán Fenton first appeared on his blog. On the morning of June 11th. 2020 The Centre for Ethics and Law, University College London, published a report written by Professor Stephen Mayson with the title: “REFORMING LEGAL SERVICES – REGULATION BEYOND THE ECHO CHAMBERS – FINAL REPORT of the Independent Review of … Continue reading What should COVID-19 CEOs do about The Mayson Report Section 4.12, if anything?

Accounting for COVID-19: Are Lawyers Helping Clients ‘Remould the Rules’?

Trevor Clark The current disruption caused by COVID-19 is often and rightly described as “unprecedented”. So perhaps we should not be surprised by unprecedented practices that might emerge from it. One such practice seen in the private equity and leveraged finance sector appears to raise some ethical questions for the lawyers involved. It concerns a … Continue reading Accounting for COVID-19: Are Lawyers Helping Clients ‘Remould the Rules’?

We need to talk about mental health and pupillage applications (Guest Post)

Malvika Jaganmohan published this really excellent post and, with her permission, I am reposting here. It is a long post, but it is both insightful, honest, worrying, but also ultimately constructive and very powerful. I commend it to all barristers, indeed all recruiters, and all those in law schools engaged in advising or supporting students. … Continue reading We need to talk about mental health and pupillage applications (Guest Post)

Big Firms Should Follow Liverpool, Not Tottenham

TREVOR CLARK Liverpool FC has reversed its initial publicly announced decision to put many of its lower paid, non-playing, staff on government funded furlough. [https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/apr/06/liverpool-reverse-decision-to-furlough-staff-after-fierce-criticism-coronavirus]   This was after its first announcement was met with widespread disapproval, not least from its own fans and former players (among others). The general sentiment seemed to be that … Continue reading Big Firms Should Follow Liverpool, Not Tottenham