Mapping the Moral Compass of In-House Lawyers

A discussion with in-house lawyers

2nd June 2016, Norton Rose Fulbright, 6pm-8pm including a reception

This event will launch the results of a major survey from the Centre for Ethics and Law mapping in-house lawyers role, professional orientations, team cultures, organisational pressures, ethical infrastructure and ethical inclination.

This report provides a unique profile of differences within the in-house community: in business, in government and in the third sector. We examine individual and team orientations to the in-house role; the invocation of professional principles; ethical infrastructure, ethical pressure and relationships with the employer; and, we relate these to externally validated indicators of ethical inclination. It is as close to a comprehensive picture of what it means to be an ethical in-house lawyer as has ever been attempted.

Through this research we profile the characteristics of individuals, teams and environments most associated with a stronger or weaker propensity to behave ethically. Come and hear how this mapping of the ‘moral compass’ suggests that ethical in-house practice is about individual understandings of the role; it is about the approach of teams and the organisations those teams work in; it is about understanding and drawing on professionalism; and, it is about building an infrastructure to manage the tensions within the role.

This event is aimed at in-house lawyers, executive and non-executive directors and others interested in the in-house role.  We want to encourage a constructive conversation about evolving ethical leadership in-house.


Richard Moorhead will outline the research findings.

Paul Gilbert, LBC Wise Counsel will introduce the Ethical Leadership Initiative and a practice focused discussion of the research findings.

Stephen Mayson will Chair a discussion with participants from the floor.


The event is kindly hosted by Norton Rose Fulbright.

The research is authored by Richard Moorhead, Centre for Ethics and Law, UCL Laws, Steven Vaughan, CEPLER, Birmingham Law School , Cristina Godinho, Centre for Behaviour Change, UCL, Paul Gilbert, LBC Wise Counsel and Stephen Mayson, Centre for Ethics and Law, UCL Laws.

Booking information will be available shortly. Please make room in your diary if this is of interest.

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