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Skip to 0 minutes and 17 secondsSTEVEN VAUGHAN: Welcome to week 2 of "Corporate Lawyers-- Ethics, Regulation, and Purpose." I hope that you enjoyed the first week of the course. By now, you should understand the basic principles of how legal services in England and Wales are regulated and organized.

Skip to 0 minutes and 34 secondsThis week is an introduction to lawyers ethics. We begin by looking at the idea of role morality. This is the idea that someone can have a different ethical system, a different set of morals, in their professional lives to what they have in their personal lives.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 secondsWe then look at how different moral philosophers take different approaches to legal ethics and apply those approaches to a hypothetical scenario. That scenario involves a client who won't tell the police where he's buried the bodies of his victims.

Skip to 1 minute and 8 secondsWe're going to speak with Iain Miller, a partner at the law firm Bevan Brittan, and a lawyer who specializes in advising other lawyers on legal ethics.

Skip to 1 minute and 15 secondsIAIN MILLER: Broadly, lawyers who have behaved unethically fall into two categories.

Skip to 1 minute and 22 secondsSTEVEN VAUGHAN: We're also going to watch a video prepared by the Solicitors Regulation Authority on the values and standards that we can and should expect from solicitors. We'll look in depth at the SRA's handbook and its code of conduct and apply those conduct rules to factual scenarios. We hope that you enjoy learning about lawyers ethics this week. Please keep in touch.

Introduction to Week 2

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

Please keep in touch with your comments throughout this week. We would love to hear from you.

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Corporate Lawyers: Ethics, Regulation and Purpose

University of Birmingham