Description - Serving Two Masters by Janine Griffiths-Baker
It is a sine qua non of legal practice that lawyers should not allow themselves to act for two clients whose interests may, potentially, conflict. However, this principle is being placed under increasing pressure, the main reasons for this being increased demand for specialist legal services, the globalization of commerce, a dramatic growth in the size of leading law firms, and significantly greater mobility within the legal profession. As a result, there is a growing trend, especially within the commercial legal environment, for solicitors to face conflicts of interest which have no easy solution. Increasingly, conflicts are being "managed", rather than avoided altogether. This is a field within which the Law Society's own rules are flouted on a daily basis, and in which these rules appear increasingly at odds with the common law. Based on extensive interviews with lawyers and their clients, this book provides a thorough consideration of how conflicts of interest are handled within law firms. It should be of use to all those who have an interest in professional legal ethics, including law students, legal scholars, practitioners and regulators.
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Author Biography - Janine Griffiths-Baker
Janine Griffiths-Baker is a lecturer in the Law Department, University of Bristol. She was awarded her Ph.D. in 2000. Her main areas of interest are professional legal ethics, criminal law, and the law of evidence.