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  • Print publication year: 2013
  • Online publication date: July 2018

10 - Corporate Lawyers and Corporate Misconduct

Summary

Introduction

In 2005, the large national Australian law firm, Allens Arthur Robinson (‘Allens’) won the Business Review Weekly – St George ‘Client Choice’ awards for being best large law firm, and also best large professional services firm of the year. The managing partner was quoted explaining how the firm had won these accolades:

We don’t run this place as a holiday camp … We expect our people to treat the client as if they were God and to put themselves out for clients. You don’t say ‘Sorry I can’t do it, I’m playing cricket on the weekend’ … You don’t have a right to any free time.

Lawyers employed in commercial law firms and those employed ‘in-house’ in a company’s legal department often also seem to talk and behave as if they have no right to independent moral judgement. If you are a corporate lawyer, it is not seen as your job to have a moral opinion about your clients’ (or employer’s) activities. To express one may jeopardise your career.

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Inside Lawyers' Ethics
  • Online ISBN: 9781107445444
  • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781107445444
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