Metoo – trumped by ethics?

13 May 2020

In the wake of the #metoo movement, what role do professional regulators have to play in the prevention of sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace?

Should the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) get involved in matters involving private relationships between colleagues within a law firm? Do their respective positions in the firm’s hierarchy matter? Will such behaviour undermine trust in the professional as a whole, and if so, what sanction is appropriate?

These and other questions have moved rapidly up the public agenda, recently prompting the Times magazine, for example, to carry the headline Sex, Lies and Lawyers on its front page, followed by a somewhat prurient five-page article concerning the shenanigans oc...

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