Archive for the ‘banks’ Category

Who’s Mr Stupid?

Monday, March 8th, 2010 at 22:20

(Thanks to FT) Buying something on Amazon the other day got me a free credit card. The lure was a discount and free delivery there and then. I’ll take it and stick it in a drawer. The card is due to come in a week. No card but a text message telling me to call […]






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The Rise of the Bankruptcy Lawyer…Again

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 at 01:45

Some years ago I wrote a pair of articles about insolvency/bankruptcy lawyers and the evolution of the bankruptcy markets under the impact of globalization. (They are: Normative Bricolage: Informal Rule-Making by Accountants and Lawyers in Mega-Insolvencies and The Vultures Fly East: The Creation and Globalization of the Distressed Debt Market.) And I thought the bankruptcy/restructuring […]






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Lawyers and Clients

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 at 15:43

I am revising a paper I submitted a while ago to the Journal of Law and Society on lawyer-client relationships. The argument is that while we conventionally view lawyer-client relationships as a dyads, they are in fact more complex. This is especially so in relation to lawyers’ clients who are borrowing money from banks to […]






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Was Clementi the First?

Monday, July 28th, 2008 at 13:15

The Clementi proposals in the Legal Services Act 2007 are radical. Alternative business structures will usher in “Tesco Law” and “Goldman Sachs Skadden”. I’ve been doing some archival research lately and found that these ideas were first proposed 23 years ago in 1985 by Steven Brill in The American Lawyer. In one of the most […]






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Lawyers and Clients

Saturday, February 24th, 2007 at 10:32

I have just written two new papers. The first on the tripartite relationship between bankers, lawyers and clients, which attempts to re-analyse how we should understand lawyer-client relationships. The second paper, with a partner from Olswangs, looks at how lawyers, specifically real estate finance lawyers, structure transactions. The argument is that structure, more than anything […]






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