Competence in caring in legal practice

Bartlett, Francesca and Aitken, Lyn (2009) Competence in caring in legal practice. International Journal of the Legal Profession, 16 2-3: 319-338. doi:10.1080/09695951003588972

Author Bartlett, Francesca
Aitken, Lyn
Title Competence in caring in legal practice
Journal name International Journal of the Legal Profession   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0969-5958
Publication date 2009-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09695951003588972
Open Access Status
Volume 16
Issue 2-3
Start page 319
End page 338
Total pages 20
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article is concerned with the stories of female solicitors working in Queensland, Australia, and their account of ethics in practice. These narratives were sought and made in the context of our project investigating complaints received against practitioners in this jurisdiction. Our interviews with female lawyers were intended to provide more insight into complaints matters. Yet this discussion revealed broader insights into ethical questions about the nature of lawyer–client relationships and legal professionalism. This article considers these accounts by reflecting on the concept of ‘care’ and its fit with legal practice requirements today. In doing so, we consider the difficult gendered question of the relationship between caring and ‘women's’ practice. We do not assert a true woman's working style; we seek to contextualise our empirical research by tracing the complex effect of gender on lawyering roles. Finally, we suggest that the adoption of caring practice is a valid approach to lawyering and call for a caring approach to be re-valued in the legal professional context as an ethical proposition.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Tue, 22 Mar 2011, 23:10:09 EST by Ms Barbara Thorsen on behalf of T.C. Beirne School of Law