BLR  Vol.6 No.1 , March 2015
Global Law Firms in Real-World Contexts: Practical Limitations and Ethical Implications
Author(s) Eve Darian-Smith*
ABSTRACT
This article argues that despite the rise in the numbers of global law firms in recent years, the future of these firms should not be assumed given escalating levels of economic (and legal) uncertainty. These uncertainties are the result, in part, of growing global and regional conflicts, terrorism, environmental degradation, pandemics, forced migrations, trade embargoes and so on which are in turn linked to global inequalities and disparities of wealth between and within the global south and global north. It is argued that global law firms, as the “lubricators of global capitalism”, should pay attention to the localized real-world impacts of finance, development and trade that their legal work enables. This is important not only to ensure the future security and revenues of global law firms, but more importantly to ensure democratic aspirations and the stability of democratic institutions around the world.

Cite this paper
Darian-Smith, E. (2015) Global Law Firms in Real-World Contexts: Practical Limitations and Ethical Implications. Beijing Law Review, 6, 92-101. doi: 10.4236/blr.2015.61010.
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