Law

At the Heart of Legal Ethics

Legal ethics, like etiquette, is usually taught as a series of rules. To mitigate their embarrassment our parents taught us: Don’t interrupt; don’t take the biggest slice; offer your seat … There were a lot of rules but I remember being told that at the heart of good manners is respect for others. This made the rules easier to learn and somehow less important. Can the same be done with legal ethics? Humans have been around a long time. We can easily forget how recent civilisation is. Hand‑crafted spear‑tips have been dated beyond 300,000 years and decorative bracelets to 75,000 years.…

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