The epidemic is changing the rules of behaviour in ways which are as yet uncertain. For law firms, the larger the economic threat, the more their values and beliefs will be tested. The foundations of well-worn expressions of people priorities may begin to crumble. For some who have enjoyed a benign prosperity, a new and unfamiliar balance may have to be struck between their money and their values.
It may be that there is a gap between the lowest acceptable standards of business ethics and the integrity expected of lawyers. Is it possible to be both a ruthless businessman fighting for survival and an honourable professional?
Russell-Cooke Senior Partner John Gould asks in New Law Journal whether it's time to adopt a new approach to ethics.
John is Senior Partner of Russell-Cooke. His area of particular expertise is regulation and public law. He specialises in the analysis and solution of complex regulatory problems, advising regulators, government departments, law enforcement agencies, charities and statutory and professional bodies.