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Corporate Lawyers and Corporate Governance

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Part of International Corporate Law and Financial Market Regulation

  • Date Published: July 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521762557

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  • This assessment of the corporate governance role of corporate lawyers in the UK analyses the extent to which lawyers can and should act as gate-keepers, counsellors and reputational intermediaries. Focusing on external and in-house lawyers' roles in both dispersed share-ownership and owner-managed companies, Joan Loughrey highlights the conflicts of interest that are endemic in corporate representation and examines how lawyers should respond when corporate agents provide instructions contrary to the company client's interests. She also considers the legitimacy of 'creative compliance', the ethical arguments for and against lawyers prioritising the public interest over their clients' interests, and their exposure to liability if they fail to perform a corporate governance role. Finally, she considers whether the reforms to the legal profession will promote the lawyer's corporate governance role and advances suggestions for reform.

    • Provides an analysis of the corporate governance role of English lawyers from academic and policy perspectives, and will function as a key source on the law, ethics and professional conduct rules pertaining to English and Welsh corporate lawyers and their representation of companies
    • Provides an analysis of the law for practitioners that identifies their legal obligations when they represent corporate clients and analyses when those representing minority shareholders could object to such representation on grounds of conflicts of interest
    • Takes an international perspective, looking at developments in the US, Australia and Canada and allowing for the debate to be placed in perspective
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    "… this is a thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating text, addressing a topic of huge importance that deserves a close reading by both practitioners and legal educators."
    Christopher Riley, Journal of Business Law

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    • Date Published: July 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521762557
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The international perspective
    3. The roles of the corporate lawyer
    4. Identifying the corporate client
    5. The role of the corporate lawyer in shareholder litigation
    6. The corporate lawyer as director
    7. The regulation of the corporate lawyer
    8. The arguments against reform
    9. Reforming the role of the corporate lawyer
    10. The reform of the legal profession and corporate lawyers
    11. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Joan Loughrey, University of Leeds
    Joan Loughrey is currently the Director of the Centre for Business Law and Practice at the School of Law, University of Leeds, where her research interests include corporate law, corporate governance, ethics and the legal profession.

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