Thank you again all of you. for the lovely messages and comments and DMs on this blog. It's been so overwhelming, beautiful, and touching, I think I need to stem the tide a bit, and take the post down. I hope everyone understands. Remember the feeling and send those emails! Private time now.
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?
Barclays’ solicitors have had to apologise after one of their solicitors was caught by members of the public in an online court room badmouthing their opponent’s witness, Amanda Stavely. It reminded me of some of the parlour tricks one heard Crown Court advocates might try on TV, if not in real life. That it is … Continue reading Whoops, I did it again! Online justice design flaw?
There's an interesting story on Legal Cheek about the SQE. Existing evidence, informed readers will recall, suggests there may be an EDI problem with the assessment. They have been warned about this periodically, it is (I believe, and stand to be corrected) a known problem with some of the medical equivalents, and their assessment of … Continue reading SQE -Underpowered after all these years
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’?
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)
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
Professor Steven Vaughan, University College London One of the many (many) consequences of the current COVID-19 pandemic is that university law schools are debating what to do about assessments for their law students. Some university vice-chancellors have taken a global decision to move all assessments (across the whole university) online. Others are still debating. Some … Continue reading The SRA, The Qualifying Law Degree, and COVID-19: Thoughts on Law Schools and Assessment in a Time of Crisis
A little conversation on twitter is brewing around Paul Gilbert's immaculate creation, LawFest. I have floated the possibility of a virtual version. @jezhop has taken up the cudgels if anyone might be interested. I was asked by some, what was Lawfest. Here was my take. Here is Brian Inkster's comprehensive take. Wringing such praise from … Continue reading Lawfest, a reminder
In-house lawyers for Mirror Group Newspapers have hit the news via Legalfutures for their handling of hacking allegations. Coming many years after the original hacking allegations (many blogs here), the case presents some interesting examples of how long ethical problems can remain dormant before bursting into dangerous life for the accused lawyers but also how … Continue reading Holding up the mirror on rulers for unlawfulness?