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The Ethics and Conduct of Lawyers in England and Wales 2nd edition

ISBN 978-1841137087

24 February 2009

An old boss said I always use 10 words when I could use two. I have nothing on this pair! I suppose the clue is in the title which is 10 words long, where simply “Lawyers’ Ethics” would suffice.

The trend continues throughout the book’s 439 pages, with a sample sentence being: “Later critics argued that the pedagogy of the case method stimulates competitiveness, orthodoxy and conservatism, turning students away from whatever public service orientations stimulated their interest in law” (chapter 8 – Education, p. 156). What?!

However, I do not wish to do the authors a disservice. Taken as a whole, this text contains some genuinely interesting facts. I wasn’t aware, for example, that solicitors’ firms were not allowed to consist of more than 20 partners before 1967. How quaint! Also, there were no female barristers or solicitors before 1922. An astonishing quote from the Court of Appeal in 1914 appears: “the law will not suffer women to be attorneys, ...

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