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Let sleeping lawyers lie: organized crime, lawyers and the regulation of legal services

Middleton, David and Levi, Michael ORCID: 2015. Let sleeping lawyers lie: organized crime, lawyers and the regulation of legal services. British Journal of Criminology 55 (4) , pp. 647-668. 10.1093/bjc/azv001

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The study examines the range of crimes in which solicitors become involved as primary offenders (mainly fraud) or on behalf of others (criminal planning and money laundering) and critically reviews the factors in their personal and working environment that may promote or inhibit such crimes and the ways that criminologists and socio-legal scholars have accounted for deviance and the regulation of the profession. It ends by discussing trends in contemporary lawyering and its regulation—ethics, discipline, ownership and surveillance—that could plausibly affect rates of crime by solicitors, focusing on England and Wales but also giving some comparative context with the United States.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Additional Information: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons CC BY license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0007-0955
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 11 January 2015
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 10:07

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