Ukraine, the Ethics of Client Selection, and the Limits of Lawyering


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LSE Law School will host a seminar entitled "Ukraine, the Ethics of Client Selection, and the Limits of Lawyering" a 3.30pm on Thursday 17 March 2022. Speakers will include Trevor Clark, (Lecturer in the Legal Profession, Leeds University, formerly Partner, Linklaters); Richard Moorhead, (Professor of Law and Professional Ethics, University of Exeter); and Iain Miller (Partner, Kingsley Napley); chair David Kershaw (Dean and Professor of Law, LSE Law School).

The conflict in the Ukraine and resulting sanctions imposed on Russian companies and individuals in the UK and globally has brought into sharp relief the ethical questions around how lawyers determine whether they should accept a client mandate and how they advise and act for them responsibly. MPs have criticised lawyers as professional enablers of intimidation, which has prevented critique of those who are now sanctioned. On the other hand, professional leaders opine on the rule of law implications of criticising access to justice for unpopular people. The seminar will explore: whether lawyers should be more willing to say no to a client mandate; whether there are, or should be, limits on how far lawyers should go in furthering their clients’ interests; and how do we ensure that those limits do not interfere with the core function of lawyers, to enable individuals to protect their rights and to ensure that we live under the rule of law.  

The event will be in-person on LSE campus (Marshall Building 1.08) and also available online - click here for full details.