Archive for the ‘clients’ Category

Straight There No Detours

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 at 10:57

Avis Whyte and I have just finished an article derived from the research we did for the Bar Council on direct access to clients. It can be downloaded here. The Bar has been a referral profession for many years and now it is attempting to reconfigure itself towards direct dealings with clients. This has a […]

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Lawyer-Client Relationships

Thursday, June 4th, 2009 at 15:30

Banker on Bishopsgate(Darrell Berry) I have just posted on SSRN the final revised version of my paper on lawyer-client relationships. It is “Ambiguous Allegiances in the Lawyer-Client Relationship: The Case of Bankers and Lawyers”. The paper deconstructs the prototypical dyadic lawyer-client relationship in the context of corporate transactions. Most lawyer-client analyses view the relationship as […]

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When Lawyers Have Sex with Their Clients

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 11:29

The financial crisis is supposed to be prompting some ethical reflection among those in financial circles. Business schools have beefed up their courses in this area, but law schools seem to be feeling more sanguine since law firms haven’t been fingered to the same extent as banks. This came to my attention when I heard […]

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Direct Access by Clients to the Bar

Thursday, September 11th, 2008 at 13:57

I and my colleague, Avis Whyte, have been commissioned by the Bar Council to examine the issues surrounding direct access to barristers by clients. The Bar Council would like to see more such work being done. This is the background to the ongoing research. In the past several years the Bar has moved towards becoming […]

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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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