I spent a wonderful two days at the University of Birmingham at the beginning of this week. The reason was the Corporate Lawyers Symposium organised by the excellent Dr Steven Vaughan. As well as presenting a paper (link below), I was able to listen to a series of excellent presentations on corporate law and ethics.

My two take away points were these. First, we are seeing a real resurgence in academic circles of the study of legal ethics. This is very welcome as we need an ethical underpinning of how legal professionals behave in England and Wales which goes beyond compliance. Second, the SRA is likely to rely on this resurgence as it takes a more ethics based approach to its reform program. These are interesting times.