It is sometimes suggested that lawyers are a bit myopic, tend to see things from their end of the telescope, and such and such. It may surprise the reader to hear that I tend to resist such suggestions, up to a point. But I was interested to see this comment in Professor Lizzie Barmes very … Continue reading Cognitive openness and lawyers
By Kind permission of the BBC, News Channel interview from this morning, 26/10/18.
The Court of Appeal’s decision in ABC & others v. Telegraph Media Group Limited  EWCA Civ 2329 prompts me to write about a topic I have avoided writing about so far: whether NDA’s should, in principle, be available for sexual harassment cases. I have not made up my mind, but the court’s reasoning and … Continue reading In the public interest? NDAs after ABC
The following is an updated and somewhat expanded version of a talk I gave at a recent CILEX roundtable on law and technology. I am sometimes sceptical, but basically a proponent of innovation in legal services. I believe that the application of technology, principles of design, and learning from the behavioural sciences in particular will … Continue reading LawTech: Time for a cybernetic legal ethics?
On September 2nd, 1994 the Chicago Tribune ran a story about a $7.1m award against the World's largest law firm then (Baker & McKenzie). The story is here but you can't read it from Europe because, I guess, the paper can't cope GDPR. It related to, "one of its top former partners who allegedly sexually harassed at … Continue reading Predatory Partners? Whoops, I did it again.
Jotwell, well worth following, it has a series on legal professions, has published a 'jot' what I wrote on Yuval Feldman's book The Law of Good People: Challenging States’ Ability to Regulate Human Behavior (2018). It begins: The fascinating case made by Yuval Feldman’s recent book is that most wrongdoing is done by good people who, too frequently, … Continue reading Jot on Quiet Egocentricity and Ethics
Nathalie Tidman has done a thorough and balanced job of reporting on recent NDA controversies for Legal Business (£). Interesting new information includes that Zelda Perkins had a barrister involved in her case, and that the firm that represented her kept the NDA in a firm safe, "with a post-it note inscribed ‘this must not walk’. … Continue reading NDAs. He really is one of us