Feb 4, 2014 1:15:00 PM
Feb 4, 2014 1:55:00 PM
Public trust in lawyers is on the decline. Some of this is inevitable:
Hackgate, the financial scandal and Hillsborough have all involved
lawyers at pivotal moments. But are lawyers just doing their jobs in
these cases or crossing ethical boundaries? An analysis of professional
rules, lawyer psychology and economics suggest lawyers need to do some
work to rebuild trust and behave more professionally.
Book Launch: The Foundations and Future of Financial Regulation - Governance for Responsibility
Feb 25, 2014 6:00:00 PM
Feb 25, 2014 7:00:00 PM
view of the publication of ‘The Foundations and Future of Financial
Regulation- Governance For Responsibility’ by Professor Mads Andenas,
University of Oslo and Dr Iris H-Y Chiu, University College London in
early 2014, this book launch is intended to introduce the key concepts
and arguments in the book.
UCL Inaugural Lecture: Precarious Professionalism - Some evidence on Market, State and Lawyer Utopias
Mar 6, 2014 6:00:00 PM
Mar 6, 2014 7:00:00 PM
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.
Banning Referral Fees - One Year On: Is the Personal Injury Field Now More Ethical?
Apr 8, 2014 6:00:00 PM
banning of referral fees was one of the less controversial elements of
the Jackson proposal but it nevertheless split the professions and their
regulators. Some defended them as essential or sensible elements of
business; cheaper and more effective than other forms of marketing.
Insurers were criticized for deriding the claimant personal injury
market whilst generating income streams from referral fees themselves.
The Bar, in particular, compared referral fees to bribes. The
professional regulators varied in the extent to which they welcomed or
tolerated the referral fee ban. Doubts about enforceability have
routinely been expressed.