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Peer review partners regularly or risk professional liability claims

By Thomas Berman, Principal, Berman & Associates

7 August 2012

By Thomas Berman, Principal, Berman & Associates

Gandhi, when (reputedly) asked by a western reporter what he thought of western civilisation, is said to have replied: “I think it would be a good idea”. The same might be said of peer review of law firm partners: it would be a good idea if it were to happen.

The reality is that, in most firms, it is difficult if not impossible to get partners to address issues involving other partners’ shortcomings.

Time and again, law firms that have suffered professional liability claims try to extricate themselves from their predicaments by utilising a ‘due diligence’ process (euphemistically called a ‘risk review’). ...

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