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Legal Ethics

Legal Ethics (3rd edn)

Jonathan Herring
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date: 02 December 2023

p. 45515. Applying ethical theorieslocked

p. 45515. Applying ethical theorieslocked

  • Jonathan Herring


This chapter explores the application of the principles discussed in the preceding chapters to specific cases. It imagines how four lawyers might respond to three different scenarios. The first is taken from criminal law. The other two are taken from commercial law and family law. The four lawyers represent different schools of thought on lawyers’ ethics. This gives readers the chance to think through how taking a different general ethical approach might impact on their response to a particular scenario. It also might help readers more clearly identify which broad ethical theory they support. It shows how ethical disputes can have considerable practical significance.

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