Helena Kennedy Interview

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     Timings and topics in this film are given below. 

    Timings and topics

    Where do you think lawyers and the rule of law fits in to the debate around inequality as both a cause and a consequence of economic crisis?
    3.49 Do you think it’s realistic to get people to look beyond the bottom line?
    5.08 Some might say that lawyers came out of the financial crisis quite well in that there has been no real finger pointing to their role in what happened; but they were advising some of the corporate giants involved?
    7.03 Lawyers and ethics: their role is not ultimately to be an ethical arbiter of their clients; their role is to abide by the law?
    8.45 How do we keep in check those lawyers who have gone to the edge, and perhaps over the edge, of legality, in advising corporate clients? For instance, while with money laundering there is a legal obligation for the lawyer to tell the police, there isn’t for other sorts of crimes; they could walk away – but they aren’t under any reporting obligations. Helena also discusses lawmakers and the influence of lobbyists.
    10.48 How do we go about undermining the influence of these lobbyists?
    11.59 Do lawyers need a Hippocratic Oath of their own to encourage responsible and ethical practice?
    12.28 Access to justice is getting worse – certainly in the UK where there have been cuts to legal aid and undermining of conditional fee agreements. How do we reverse the trend?
    13.57 Do you think there is will on behalf of governments to enact those reforms? You say it’s quite low down on the priority list so how do we get them to pay attention?
    15.06 As Chair of the British Council you focused heavily on cultural diplomacy and trying to overcome conflict based on cultural divides. Do these lie at the heart of international conflicts? Do you think it’s something that governments should be focusing on?
    17.26 A lot of the big trials that you’ve been involved in have involved terrorism. Some might argue that terrorism and hostility is based on a perceived clash of cultures between the West and Islam, and lie at the heart of some of the biggest hurdles to international peace and stability today. Would you agree with that assessment?