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?
A second sexual misconduct case from the SDT has hit the news: SRA v Richard Daniel Smith. Mr. Smith was alleged to have “touched Person A’s bottom on more than one occasion in circumstances in which: 1.1.1 the Respondent knew or ought to have known that Person A had given no indication that such conduct … Continue reading Smith, the SDT and unenlightened majorities
SRA v Beckwith turned on two allegations said to be breaches of the principles under the SRA Code of Conduct 2011, namely that a solicitor must: act with integrity (principle 2) and behave in a way that maintains the trust the public places in you and in the provision of legal services (principle 6). In … Continue reading The Beckwith Case
A while back I wrote a post about cybernetic ethics and for some time I have been thinking about cybernetic lawyering. By this I mean lawyering embedded in, responsive to, the social systems it works in, in ways that meaningfully use evidence to improve that social system. And by evidence I mean more than chats … Continue reading Cybernetic Contracts
Trevor Clark The Financial Times ran an interview this week with two female partners who job share at the global law firm Baker & McKenzie's London office. You can read it here: https://www.ft.com/content/f650bb6a-ca46-11e9-af46-b09e8bfe60c0 . The FT interview delves a little into the everyday experiences of the two lawyers. It highlights some of the bigger issues and … Continue reading Can You Ride Tandem? Tackling Female Partner Drop-off in Large Law Firms