Previous CEL Events
- Moral Judgments: Insights from Psychology, Computer Science, and Neuroscience
- International Conference on Access to Justice and Legal Services
- Banning Referral Fees
- CEL Annual Lecture - The Place of 'Institutions' in the Idea of 'Corruption'
- UCL Inaugural Lecture: Precarious Professionalism
- Book Launch: The Foundations and Future of Financial Regulation - Governance for Responsibility
- Lunch Hour Lecture: Should We Trust Lawyers?
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UCL Inaugural Lecture: Precarious Professionalism - Some evidence on Market, State and Lawyer Utopias
Publication date: Oct 31, 2013 12:58 PM
Mar 06, 2014 06:00 PM
End: Mar 06, 2014 07:00 PM
Location: Bentham House
Since the era of Margaret Thatcher, and her much admired Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay of Clashfern, the legal profession has found itself under increasing scrutiny and pressure. Legal Aid and legal market reform began then but has been significantly accelerated by the creation of the Legal Services Board. Professional power has decreased and the influence of the market increased. State – or rather politician - hostility to lawyers and fiscal retrenchment has led to a reduction in legal aid and concerted attempts to weaken lawyer and court roles in the resolution of disputes. Globalisation and the growth of large law firms has increased the extent to which law is seen as a business rather than a profession. Market reform and the recession have shed a harsher light on the economics and ethics of large law firms.
For many, the market and the State are combining to squeeze out professionalism. The evidence, however, paints a much more complicated picture. This lecture will outline that evidence, including some new evidence on the ethical consciousness of commercial lawyers. It will argue that professionalism is precarious - demonstrably so - but also that the blame lies with markets, with the State, and with lawyers themselves.
- Professor Richard Moorhead, Professor of Law and Professional Ethics and Director of the Centre for Ethics and Law, UCL
- Mr Justice Blair
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