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    Tim Dare (2016). Ethics and the Law: An Introduction. Legal Ethics 19 (1):182-185.
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  2. Laurence Etherington (2016). Public Professions and Private Practices: Access to the Solicitors’ Profession in the Twenty-First Century. Legal Ethics 19 (1):5-29.
    ABSTRACTRecruitment of trainee solicitors by largely commercial organisations provides the effective gateway to professional qualification for aspiring solicitors. Professional bodies and others have sought to distinguish solicitors from other legal service providers through reference to professionalism and ethics. In this article I present the findings from a survey of the applicant experience of the graduate recruitment process and interviews with the professionals involved in those processes. The research is situated within the literature on professional identity development. The main aims are (...)
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  3. John Flood (2016). Corporate Lawyer–Client Relationships: Bankers, Lawyers, Clients and Enduring Connections. Legal Ethics 19 (1):76-96.
    ABSTRACTFormal representations of lawyer–client relations are often characterised by their regulative aspects, including codes of ethics and practice. In this article I look inside the relationship by returning to the sociology of Georg Simmel, who closely examined the basic units of sociality, especially dyads and triads. Using examples drawn from empirical research on corporate lawyers and clients and banks, I open up the lawyer/client dyad and show that in most cases the practices of lawyers and banks add noise and interference (...)
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  4. Joanna Gray (2016). Lawyers and Systemic Risk in Finance: Could the Legal Profession Contribute to Macroprudential Regulation? Legal Ethics 19 (1):122-144.
    ABSTRACTThe aim of this paper is twofold. Firstly, to examine questions about the role and responsibilities of transaction lawyers working in the financial sector that, it is argued here, deserve closer scrutiny than they have hitherto received since the banking and economic crisis of 2008. It considers the manner in which the conduct of such lawyers in the pre-crisis financial markets may have played a particular role in contributing to the sources of latent risk that bore systemic fruit in 2008. (...)
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    Jonathan Kembery (2016). The Evolution of the Lawyer’s Lawyer. Legal Ethics 19 (1):112-121.
    ABSTRACTThis paper gives a personal perspective on the growth of in-house legal teams within law firms. It suggests why these departments have emerged as a response to greater legal and regulatory challenges, changes in the profession and a quest for professionalism and cost effectiveness. The paper examines the work of a substantial team and the parallels and differences between a role in that organisation and other forms of legal practice. Finally, it considers the future for these in-house teams in the (...)
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  6. Matthias Kilian (2016). All Hail the MDP: The German Federal Constitutional Court Paves the Way for Multidisciplinary Service Firms. Legal Ethics 19 (1):163-168.
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  7. Suzanne Le Mire (2016). A Temporary ‘Fix’ for a Permanent Problem: The Appointment of Auxiliary Judges in South Australia. Legal Ethics 19 (1):160-162.
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    Andrew Flavelle Martin (2016). The Limits of Professional Regulation in Canada: Law Societies and Non-Practising Lawyers. Legal Ethics 19 (1):169-172.
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    Richard Moorhead & Rachel Cahill-O’Callaghan (2016). False Friends? Testing Commercial Lawyers on the Claim That Zealous Advocacy is Founded in Benevolence Towards Clients Rather Than Lawyers’ Personal Interest. Legal Ethics 19 (1):30-49.
    ABSTRACTCommercial lawyers often signal that ‘client first’ is an essential element of their professional DNA, and some scholarly proponents have laid claim to a moral justification for zeal. That moral justification is found, in particular, in the notion of lawyers as friends. One critique of zeal is that this moral claim is bogus: that ‘client first’ is a convenient trope for disguised self-interest. This paper explores the empirical validity of this ‘client first’ ideal through a value-based analysis of zeal in (...)
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  10. Crispin Passmore (2016). The Solicitors Regulation Authority: Looking to the Future. Legal Ethics 19 (1):145-159.
    ABSTRACTThe legal market is changing. Whether individual consumer or corporate client, the choice of services available to help manage or solve legal problems appears increasingly wide. Business process outsourcing, technology and data companies, accountants and other professional advisors are offering corporate clients new options to manage their legal affairs. Law firms are responding to this increasing competitive pressure with new services of their own. The Solicitors Regulation Authority, as the largest legal regulator in the UK, is liberalising its approach to (...)
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  11. Alan Paterson (2016). Lawyers’ Ethics and Professional Responsibility. Legal Ethics 19 (1):177-181.
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  12. Robert Eli Rosen (2016). The Sociological Imagination and Legal Ethics. Legal Ethics 19 (1):97-111.
    ABSTRACTFor ten years, General Motors denied that an ignition switch that could easily be turned to ‘Off’ constituted a safety defect. Accidents, deaths and injuries resulted. Despite many, many suits against GM, the problem remained uncorrected. The explanations that have been proffered are interrogated in this article and others are suggested. It concludes that a bureaucratic legal department is partly to blame, and criticises how the legal department evaluated cases by their settlement value. It criticises GM’s culture of blaming drivers (...)
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  13. Steven Vaughan (2016). Corporate Lawyers and Corporate Clients. Legal Ethics 19 (1):1-4.
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    Steven Vaughan & Emma Oakley (2016). ‘Gorilla Exceptions’ and the Ethically Apathetic Corporate Lawyer. Legal Ethics 19 (1):50-75.
    ABSTRACTThis paper draws on interviews with 57 corporate finance lawyers working from global law firms based in the City of London. Drawing on this data, we highlight common themes of taking deals at ‘face value’, being the lawyer-technician who uses the law to effect his client’s wishes, and not ‘pushing’ ethics. We suggest that there is an apathy – a lack of concern or interest – about ethics on the part of corporate lawyers. This apathy stems from various sources. It (...)
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  15. Lisa Webley (2016). Interception of Communications and Legal Professional Privilege and the Rule of Law. Legal Ethics 19 (1):173-176.
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