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Ethics of Collaborative Lawyering

Submitted by Rosebella Nyonje on Tue, 07-22-2014
Long title
The Depths of Dialogue: Ethics, Interests and the Behavioural Economics of 'Collaborative' Lawyering
Drake, Phil and Toddington, Stuart
Author(s)' contact information
University of Huddersfield, UK
Conference title
International Legal Ethics Conference VI
Conference location
City University London
United Kingdom
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In response to LETR and the reduction of legal aid funding, we face a changing landscape which will radically reshape the way law is practised and how we think about legal education. In particular, we will have to adapt and refashion our ideas about the lawyer-client relationship towards a more collaborative, mediated or ‘dialogical’ process. Clients will be greater involved in the problem-solving process, and the role of the lawyer will be to guide the client to determine their own options and to make their own decisions.
In urging educators and the profession to take seriously the concept of dialogical lawyering, and building on our previous research into the aspiration to ethical autonomy, we seek to bring light to normative and psychological obstacles the clients may face in decision making, together with strategies from the area of behavioural economics.
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