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This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
I was surprised to read, in Rosemary Sanwell-Smith's article "Advocating a working relationship" (The Lawyer, 23 June) that: "The best interests of the client are paramount."
The first duties of any advocate are to the administration of justice and the court. Even though a barrister is not an officer of the court, he or she is bound by an overriding duty not to mislead it. It follows that the best interests of the client (which may well be served by misleading the court) cannot be paramount.
It is vital that, in the drive to become more consumer-oriented, advocates do not lose sight of their all-important duties to justice.