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Skip to 0 minutes and 19 seconds STEVEN VAUGHAN: Hello, and welcome to your third and final week of “Corporate Lawyers– Ethics, Regulation, and Purpose.” I hope you’ve enjoyed the first two weeks. By now, you should understand some basic principles of how legal services in England and Wales are regulated and organized and that you’ve had an introduction to lawyers ethics.

Skip to 0 minutes and 38 seconds This week, we’re going to look at research I’ve conducted on corporate and finance lawyers in some of the world’s largest law firms. My research is evidence based. And I spent the last three years interviewing over 100 lawyers on the work that they do and the relationships that they have with their clients.

Skip to 0 minutes and 57 seconds This week, we’re concerned with two main questions. The first goes to independents and whether the lawyers in those large corporate finance law firms are too close to their clients to be effectively able to serve the public good, as well as serving their client’s interests.

Skip to 1 minute and 16 seconds The second question goes to how lawyers in those large law firm’s experience ethical challenges and what resources they have in place to push back against pressures that they are under. I began my career as a corporate finance lawyer working in the city of London. Now, I’m an academic. I’m interested in what goes on behind the closed doors in those large law firms and what you, the public, think about the work that I’ve undertaken.

Introduction to Week 3

In this video Dr Steven Vaughan welcomes you to the third and final week of the course and introduces some of the concepts that we will be covering.

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Corporate Lawyers: Ethics, Regulation and Purpose

University of Birmingham