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Lawyer Roles in Knowledge Work

Defender, Enabler, Investigator

Book | 1st edition 2023 | Europe | Petter Gottschalk, Christopher Hamerton

This book provides the first thorough examination of the concept of lawyer roles in knowledge work, offering a detailed comparative exploration and analysis of the globalized legal services industry in terms of individual and corporate professional function. Knowledge management has long been identified by scholars within the business sphere as a key strategic device in the development of complex organizations and developing markets. However, this essential process has been largely ignored within socio-legal studies and professional practice applications as a specific subject for close scrutiny. Lawyer Roles in Knowledge Work seeks to address this anomaly, with Gottschalk and Hamerton recognizing the strong lineage and correlation that exists between the study of knowledge management and contemporary legal practice. Using an interdisciplinary focus which includes illustrative case-studies, the book explores European, North American, and global perspectives as well as models to identify, position, and reveal the forward-looking lawyer as defender, enabler, and investigator. In doing so it revaluates current strategic legal practice and organisational behaviour within the context of changing patterns of business, the workplace, social rules, systems of governance, decision making, social ordering and control.

Whilst this book is principally focused on the three titular roles of defender, enabler, and investigator, it acknowledges and explains that there are other functionary positions frequently occupied by lawyers, such as the role of the bureaucrat who acts for the government and its executive agencies. Lewis and Mulcahy (2021) described lawyers in bureaucracies in terms of their knowledge needs related to law-making processes, regulations, and policy. They found that bureaucrats’ knowledge work involves collaboration and compromise in government circles. Other lawyer roles in knowledge work include prosecutor, judge, and corporate legal officers. However, the three roles of defender, enabler, and investigator developed and scrutinized in this book were chosen on the basis that they all involve the lawyer working for a client where the lawyer receives payment depending on the magnitude of completed work activities, and where the lawyer might become subject to disciplinary action depending on misconduct. In this regard Lawyer Roles in Knowledge Work aims to offer a unique and nuanced comparative treatment of a developmental field within contemporary legal practice and strategic management studies. The book will speak to students of law, business management, criminology, and sociology, along with legal practitioners and professionals within allied fields.

PETTER GOTTSCHALK is Professor in the Department of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, Norway. After completing his education at Technische Universität Berlin, Dartmouth College, MIT, and Henley Management College, he took on executive positions in technology enterprises for 20 years before joining academia. Dr. Gottschalk has published extensively on knowledge management, intelligence strategy, police investigations, white-collar crime, and fraud examinations.

CHRISTOPHER HAMERTON is Deputy Director of the Institute of Criminal Justice Research in the School of Economic, Social and Political Sciences at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. Educated at the universities of Southampton and Oxford, he holds degrees in law, criminal justice, and history. In addition, he is a Barrister of the Middle Temple, and an elected Fellow of both the Royal Anthropological Institute and the Linnean Society of London. Dr. Hamerton is an interdisciplinary and comparative scholar whose research and writing primarily focuses on socio-legal, criminological, and historical perspectives.

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EAN / ISSN 9781839703355 / 9781839704130
Weight 500 g
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Number of pages x + 282 p.
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Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Jul 20, 2023
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  • Table of Contents and Preliminary Pages
    Christopher Hamerton, Petter Gottschalk
  • Introduction
    Christopher Hamerton, Petter Gottschalk
  • Chapter 1: The Knowledge Worker
    Christopher Hamerton, Petter Gottschalk
  • Chapter 2: The Lawyer as Client Defender
    Christopher Hamerton, Petter Gottschalk
  • Chapter 3: The Laywer as Opportunity Enabler
    Christopher Hamerton, Petter Gottschalk
  • Chapter 4: The Lawyer as a Corporate Investigator
    Christopher Hamerton, Petter Gottschalk
  • Chapter 5: The Global Legal Services Industry and the Harnessing of Knowledge
    Christopher Hamerton, Petter Gottschalk
  • Chapter 6: Dechert LLP as a Case-Study Observation of Investigatory Knowledge Work
    Christopher Hamerton, Petter Gottschalk
  • Chapter 7: Poul Schmith/Kammeradvokaten and Legal Knowledge in Complex Corporate Investigations
    Christopher Hamerton, Petter Gottschalk
  • Chapter 8: Considerations on the Jeffrey Grant Case
    Christopher Hamerton, Petter Gottschalk
  • Chapter 9: Knowledge Management
    Christopher Hamerton, Petter Gottschalk
  • Chapter 10: Knowledge Work Systems
    Christopher Hamerton, Petter Gottschalk
  • Chapter 11: The Value Shop Configuration of Legal Services
    Christopher Hamerton, Petter Gottschalk
  • Conclusion
    Christopher Hamerton, Petter Gottschalk
  • Bibliography
    Christopher Hamerton, Petter Gottschalk
  • Index
    Christopher Hamerton, Petter Gottschalk