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Are lawyers alienated workers?

Newman, Daniel 2016. Are lawyers alienated workers? European Journal of Current Legal Issues 22 (3)

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Abstract

This paper applies Marx' theory of alienation to the work of criminal legal aid lawyers to suggest that the lawyers might be best understood as alienated workers. It reports findings from an ethnographic study of the lawyer-client relationship in England and Wales whereby lawyers were seen to take a diminished professional role characterised by the routine processing of guilty pleas wherein lawyers lost respect for themselves as well as the clients they worked for. The concept of alienation is put forward as a valuable analytical tool for understanding this vision of a substandard legal practice, which may have potential for moving forward future debates on whether the lawyer-client relationship serves access to justice and, if not, how it might be improved to better do so.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
J Political Science > JC Political theory
K Law > KD England and Wales
Publisher: School of Law Queen's University of Belfast
ISSN: 2059-0881
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 February 2017
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2019 10:23
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/98196

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