Defence lawyers asked to report ‘grubby’ touting

Chancery Lane is asking defence lawyers report examples of ‘touting and poaching’. According to the Law Society, solicitors are ‘not allowed to make unsolicited approaches in person or by phone to members of the public to publicise the firm, in-house practice or another business’.

In March this year, Robin Murray, former vice-chair of the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association, argued  touts were a ‘danger’ and taking part in a ‘grubby activity almost certainly hides a multitude of sins’.‘If touts dishonestly conduct themselves without regard to the code why would we expect them to behave in a proper manner once the client is instructed,’ he said.

The Society says that if findings ‘demonstrate a significant problem’ with touting and poaching of clients that it would work with practitioner groups to prepare ‘a draft contract clause “to guard against” such behaviour’. You ca access the survey here.



About Jon Robins

Jon is a journalist and has written about the law and justice for the national papers and specialist press for more than 15 years. Jon is a visiting journalism lecturer at Winchester University, a visiting senior fellow in access to justice at the University of Lincoln and patron of Hackney Community Law Centre. He has won the Bar Council’s legal reporter of the year award twice (2015 and 2005). Jon is editor and co-founder of LegalVoice

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