Professional Ethics Committee Publications

Professional Ethics Committee Publications

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‘Profession under attack’ – the impact of the changes in legal services on legal ethics

Tracey Calvert provides a report on the opening session of the IBA Law Firm Management Committee at the 2nd Building the Law Firm of the Future Conference in London.
The new ambulance chasers: referral fees in Australia

Referrals remain vital to lawyers and it makes sense to take steps to get more referrals. For example, you can ask clients and business associates for referrals, ask clients for testimonials and build your professional profile (through publication of articles, blogs and videos) so people will know what your strengths are and will have the confidence to refer people to you
An overview of blockchain: should it be regulated and to what extent? - PEC & ANLBS Committees, September 2018

Recently, in both the private and public sector interest has grown in potential blockchain applications, including those relating to so-called ‘smart contracts’, the management of distributorship chains, the internet of things, Fintech, electronic voting and the settlement of local taxes.
Mexico: digital consent on civil and commercial agreements for national and cross-border business transactions - August 2018

Private contracts construed under Mexican regulations are governed (in most cases) by the provisions set forth in federal and local civil regulations. The provisions of civil regulations in Mexico are strongly influenced by the Napoleonic Code, and their grounding principles were founded at a time when digital consent was not even imagined. As a natural evolution of the regulations of a civil law system, Mexico is adopting new sets of regulations to make digital consent conceivable under law.
Professional Ethics Committee and Alternative and New Law Business Structures Committee joint 2018 Annual Conference scholarship

An article by the Professional Ethics Committee and Alternative and New Law Business Structures Committee joint 2018 Annual Conference scholarship winner Blanco Alberto.
The ethics of... well, everything - Professional Ethics and ANLBS Committees, August 2018

Bob Murray on all kinds of ethics in the legal profession.
The impact of artificial intelligence on lawyers - May 2018

Donald B Johnston explores the human relationship with artificial intelligence in the workplace, focusing on the potential impact of artificial intelligence on lawyers.
Working towards a more flexible approach to French attorney–client confidentiality - May 2018

To guarantee the right to an effective defence, the French legislator has enacted strong safeguard mechanisms that aim to uphold the confidentiality of correspondence between an attorney and their clients. With no waiver available and a focus on the identity of the sender and the recipient, the French establishment of the duty of confidentiality defers from the common law approach. A shift is occurring as the Court of Appeal of Paris has recently embraced the in rem approach.
Professional Ethics Committee and Alternative and New Law Business Structures Committee joint scholarship

This year, the IBA Professional Ethics Committee and Alternative and New Law Business Structures Committee are offering an IBA Annual Conference scholarship. The winner of the scholarship will be required to participate as a panelist on the committees’ back-to-back panels on referral fees.
Professional Ethics and Alternative and New Law Business Structures joint committee news, January 2018

The January 2018 issue of the Professional Ethics and Alternative and New Law Business Structures Committees joint newsletter.
Professional Ethics and Alternative And New Law Business Structures joint committee update, September 2017

The September issue of the Professional Ethics and Alternative and New Law Business Structures Committees joint newsletter. Articles cover: mentoring in a law firm: why ethics should be taught; ‘failure to prevent’ – a panacea for regulators; all about Brexit; Brexit and the UK’s negotiating position: proposals made by the Law Society of Scotland; the case for an elected comptroller, and legal ethics and professional responsibility concerns related to alternative litigation financing
Professional Ethics and New Law Business Structures joint committee news, March 2017

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Professional Ethics and Multidisciplinary Practices Newsletter, October 2015

Download the Professional Ethics and Multidisciplinary Practices Newsletter, October 2015. (PDF download, members will need to login using their IBA username and password)
Professional Ethics Committee newsletter, October 2011

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Professional Ethics Committee newsletter, October 2010

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Professional Ethics Committee e-bulletin, March 2009

Download the Professional Ethics Committee e-bulletin, March 2009. (PDF download, members will need to login using their IBA username and password)