Observed in the breach
A study by academic Janine Griffiths-Baker found that City law firms routinely break the Law Society's rules on conflicts of interest. But is it the fault of the firms - or the rules?
The first thing to emerge from my conversations with representatives of law firms was that conflicts do indeed pose a significant problem. Although solicitors have developed complex procedures for identifying potential conflicts, merely trying to secure work, or an approach from a potential new client, can create seemingly irreconcilable problems.
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