Select Committee ‘particularly concerned’ about lawyers’ ethics

The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee report on Sexual harassment in the workplace, has been published. To my eye it looks like an excellent piece of work: takes a wide-ranging, purposeful, look at the problems of sexual harassment in the workplace. It calls for wide-ranging reform, including: A [Bribery Act style] duty on … Continue reading Select Committee ‘particularly concerned’ about lawyers’ ethics

Are lawyers helping clients make spurious diplomatic immunity claims?

News that Boris Becker has claimed diplomatic immunity in bankruptcy proceedings - https://www.ft.com/content/551ce878-70b4-11e8-92d3-6c13e5c92914 - prompts an interesting observation from well known lawyer Mark Stephens: This is “absolutely being used as a tactic.... If you commit a crime or are party to serious civil litigation, it’s a good idea to claim you’re a diplomat. You can … Continue reading Are lawyers helping clients make spurious diplomatic immunity claims?

BSB vs SRA on professional education: the merits of regulating providers

The Bar Standard Board's training and education plans may provide an example of what the SRA loses by putting all its regulatory money on the regulation of competence through outcomes (and the markets that will swirl around such provision). In brute terms, the SRA professes only to regulate solicitor outcomes and leaves providers to decide … Continue reading BSB vs SRA on professional education: the merits of regulating providers

Irresponsible by Design – NDAs as an example and how SRA ‘investigates’

Watching the Women and Equalities Select Committee evidence this week on NDAs (see here) a couple of thoughts struck me which may be worth mentioning. Firstly, the evidence of the City partner portrayed an interesting, common attitude among lawyers. The point the Committee was dealing with was that NDA's often/sometimes are casually/deliberately opaque about the rights of … Continue reading Irresponsible by Design – NDAs as an example and how SRA ‘investigates’