Guest post: Behaving like an ass is a short term play – the merits of being decent

Guest post: Behaving like an ass is a short term play – the merits of being decent

‘Taking advantage’ is a phrase I hear a lot when lawyers discuss their work. I think it is linked to the idea of lawyers as business people concerned with competitiveness and commerciality, but in any event it manifests itself in the restless and energetic pursuit of getting the best possible deal/outcome for each client on …

Dissent: Platitudes and a missed debate – how GCs are pushed off their ethical course

Dissent: Platitudes and a missed debate – how GCs are pushed off their ethical course

It’s stated so often but never questioned: everywhere you turn, in-house lawyers pay tribute to the holy grail of ‘being commercial’. But, as I will argue, such an approach raises substantive and troubling questions regarding the influence on the ethical compass that is supposed to be an in-house lawyer’s most important tool.

Dissent: Platitudes and a missed debate – how GCs are pushed off their ethical course

Dissent: Platitudes and a missed debate – how GCs are pushed off their ethical course

Paul Gilbert argues that lazy thinking and perverse incentives are dulling the ethical and intellectual edge of in-house counsel It’s stated so often but never questioned: everywhere you turn, in-house lawyers pay tribute to the holy grail of ‘being commercial’. But, as I will argue, such an approach raises substantive and troubling questions regarding the …