I’ve had quite a week. Dozens of well-wishing messages, which have left me feeling surprised, touched, very happy, and not in the least humble. One especially meaningful exchange came from Kim Economides, a former head of Exeter Law School, now a friend on the other side of the World, until recently at Flinders Uni, who … Continue reading Passing On
After seven extremely happy years at UCL I will be moving on in September to become Head of Law at the University of Exeter. For the press release, I said the following. Blog readers will recognise many of the ideas, I hope! I am really excited to be joining the University of Exeter Law School. … Continue reading Moving on…
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
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
Linklaters v Mellish  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
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?
The leaders of large law firms could do worse than ponder carefully the current trials of the accountancy sector. A series of reports, including the UK Competition and Markets Authority one yesterday, point to significant problems – substantive and reputational. The words that caught my eye in the FT's report (£) were about company directors, … Continue reading Should Clifford Chance’s corruption initiative be taken seriously?