Committee to define ‘past professional relationships’

first_img January 15, 2004 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Committee to define ‘past relationships’ Senior Editor Still perplexed over what constitutes a lawyer’s past professional relationships, the Bar Board of Governors has asked a new committee to attempt to define it.The board also, at its December meeting, withdrew a proposed ethics advisory opinion about mandatory arbitration of disputes between a lawyer and client and handled several advertising appeals.Board member Henry Latimer, chair of the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics, said the committee couldn’t agree on defining a lawyer’s prior professional relationship. The issue arose when a law firm inquired about mailing a seminar invitation without following the direct mail rules.Bar rules allow such a mailing, but only to those with whom the firm has had a “prior professional relationship.”The Standing Committee on Advertising, finding difficulty agreeing on a definition, had referred the issue to the board. The BRCPE recommended to the board earlier this year that prior relationships be defined as encompassing only those of an attorney-client setting.But the board said that was too narrow and asked the committee to come back with a broader definition. Latimer and committee members said they couldn’t agree on one.“We on this committee could not come to a consensus; we all had different ideas,” board member Louis Kwall said. “It needs to go back to the appropriate committee to define prior professional relationship.. . . That should be defined by the writer of the words. They hopefully knew when they wrote it.”Board member Gary Leppla added the committee could find no case law or commentary to help with the definition.Board member David Bianchi said the board should seek a quick resolution so Bar members aren’t left in doubt. Mary Ellen Bateman, director of the Bar’s Division of Ethics, Professionalism, and UPL, noted that the Standing Committee on Advertising had issued an advisory letter, which will control until the board acts.The issue will be referred to the new advertising rules task force being created by President-elect Kelly Overstreet Johnson.On the arbitration issue, Latimer reported proposed advisory opinion 02-9 held it was permissible for a lawyer to include in a fee agreement a clause that any disagreements between the client and lawyer would be settled by arbitration.Committee members first thought that the provision should be limited to fee disputes or malpractice issues. But “after debate, the committee voted to withdraw the advisory opinion.. . . The thought was why create a problem if you don’t have one?” Latimer said.Leppla said that a law professor testified that such a clause literally could mean if the client disagrees with the selection of an expert witness in a case, that could go to arbitration.“The very idea of arbitrating malpractice is repugnant to me, and this opinion as proposed would allow that,” he added.The board approved the committee’s recommendation to withdraw the opinion.On one advertising appeal, Latimer said, the Standing Committee on Advertising had rejected a print ad for a bankruptcy practice because it included a picture of a child and also contained the language: “Do you want to stop your creditors from harassing you?” The advertising panel ruled the picture violated Bar rules because it was unrelated to the subject of the ad, and that the language created a reasonable expectation of a result the firm might not be able to deliver.The BRCPE agreed the picture violated Bar rules, but felt the language was all right, Latimer said. The board approved that position. Committee to define ‘past professional relationships’last_img read more

Harry Maguire: Man Utd agree £80m deal for Leicester defender

first_imgJoao FelixBenfica to Atletico Madrid£113m Source: Opta Antoine GriezmannAtletico Madrid to Barcelona£107m NeymarBarcelona to Paris St-Germain£200m Source: BBC Passes6152405443 Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid to Juventus£99.2m Most expensive transfers of all time Clearances5. Cristiano RonaldoManchester United to Real Madrid£80m United had a long-standing interest in Maguire but they backed away from a deal 12 months ago because they felt the £70m that would be needed for a transfer to be concluded was too high.He signed a five-year contract at Leicester last September and manager Brendan Rodgers made it clear at the end of the season he felt Maguire could develop even more if he remained at the club.Maguire began his career at Sheffield United in 2011, making 139 league appearances for the Blades before joining Hull in 2014.He was part of the Hull side that earned promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs in 2016 but left for Leicester in a £17m deal following the Tigers’ relegation 12 months later.The defender made his England debut in August 2017 and was part of the side that reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.He becomes one of seven central defenders on the books at United, joining Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe. Aerial duels won4. Manchester United have reached an agreement to sign England centre-back Harry Maguire from Leicester for £80m – a world record fee for a defender.The 26-year-old is expected to complete a medical at the club at the weekend.He will become United’s third summer signing following Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, who arrived from Crystal Palace and Swansea respectively.Maguire made 69 Premier League appearances for Leicester after joining from Hull City in 2017.The deal means Maguire becomes the world’s most expensive defender, eclipsing the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in January 2018. Harry MaguireLeicester to Manchester United£80m Eden HazardChelsea to Real Madrid£89m Paul PogbaJuventus to Manchester United£89m Gareth BaleTottenham to Real Madrid£85m Premier League 2018-19 – per 90 minutes Duels won6. Ousmane DembeleBorussia Dortmund to Barcelona£135m Kylian MbappeMonaco to Paris St-Germain£165m PlayerClubsFee Harry MaguireVictor LindelofChris SmallingPhil JonesEric Baillylast_img read more