Should In-House Lawyers hide from Senior Manager Responsibility?

Trevor Clark, Steven Vaughan, Alan Brener, and I have submitted response paper addresses the FCA’s question in Consultation Paper CP19/4, Optimising the Senior Managers & Certification Regime and Feedback to DP16/4 – Overall Responsibility and the Legal Function, published in January 2019(hereafter “CP19/4”):  Where we disagree with the proposal to exclude the Head of Legal … Continue reading Should In-House Lawyers hide from Senior Manager Responsibility?

What the College Admissions Scandal Tells us About Lawyers Ethics

Jordan Furlong has written a blog post so good it has me fizzing with excitement. The hairs on my arms and neck are, quite literally, standing on end. The writing is brilliant. And the story is really important. It combines both the social and ethical problems that face the legal profession. And it combines them … Continue reading What the College Admissions Scandal Tells us About Lawyers Ethics

Law Society’s Practice Note on NDAs: I vote for its withdrawal

My recently submitted written submission to the Women and Equalities Committee are now up on their website. It covers a range of things, including the Arcadia case, but one issue of more specialised interest might be worth highlighting on this blog. I wrote a section on "Regulator and professional failures to recognise and warn of … Continue reading Law Society’s Practice Note on NDAs: I vote for its withdrawal

New York, London, Paris,* Munich,. Everyone’s talking about… Linklaters

Linklaters v Mellish [2019] EWHC 177 (QB) has brought the issue of how law firms deal with sexual harassment, and how the courts deal with confidentiality, back into the spotlight. The case concerns Frank Mellish, formerly Director of Business Development and Marketing at Linklaters. He didn't last long, being employed in March 2017 and being … Continue reading New York, London, Paris,* Munich,. Everyone’s talking about… Linklaters

FCA Senior Manager’s Regime: a one word response – Barclays?

The FCA has produced a response to its sixteen-month-old consultation on the relationship between the Senior Manager Regime and the legal function. It is another consultation. In it, they propose “excluding the Legal Function from the Overall Responsibility Requirement.” The reasons for so doing, appear to centre on: The bulk of respondents to their last … Continue reading FCA Senior Manager’s Regime: a one word response – Barclays?