UCL Faculty of Laws


Hybrid | Can Law Firms have Values?

16 May 2022, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

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A seminar with Steven Vaughan and Sarah de Gay in conversation with Sue Garrard, Henrietta Hughes OBE and Jeff Twentyman

Event Information

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UCL Laws

This event has been rescheduled from 21 March to 16 May due to industrial action by the Universities & College Union

About the Event

Over 300,000 people work in the almost 10,000 law firms that operate in England & Wales. These lawyers and their firms do a whole range of work; from counselling individuals at their most vulnerable moments to effecting multi-billion pound transactions all over the world. Their work has a variety of legal, societal and economic impacts. The independence of those lawyers and their firms can sometimes see legal service providers as neutral mechanics sitting in-between their clients and the state. That professional independence might be thought to curtail the agency of lawyers and firms to form and express views on the pressing issues of the day. But is this right? Can lawyers and firms have those sort of opinions? And, if they can, how might those law firms actually give a voice to values?

The Speakers

In this seminar, Steven Vaughan (Professor of Law and Professional Ethics, UCL Faculty of Laws) and Sarah de Gay (Visiting Professor, UCL Faculty of Laws) will be exploring these important and timely questions in conversation with:

  • Sue Garrard (a leading sustainability strategist, Chair of Trustees at the independent not-for-profit A Blueprint for Better Business and former EVP Sustainable Business and Communications at Unilever);
  • Dr Henrietta Hughes OBE (until recently the NHS’s National Guardian, responsible for making speaking up business as usual across the NHS following the Francis Inquiry); and
  • Jeff Twentyman (a Corporate/M&A partner of Slaughter and May and Head of Sustainability)

Hybrid Format

This seminar will be held as hybrid event and will allow a in-person audience (at UCL Laws, Bentham House) as well as a online audience. If you secure a place in-person but fall sick or are no longer able to attend do contact us at laws-event@ucl.ac.uk and we can transfer your ticket for an online one.

For our online audience this seminar will be delivered via Zoom Webinar. Cameras and microphones will be turned off however questions can be put forward to the panel using the Q&A function. You will receive your zoom joining link 48 hours, 2 hours and 10 minutes before the event. Contact the Laws Events team (laws-events@ucl.ac.uk) if you have not received the link.

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