This Note explores the controversy surrounding MDPs. Part I surveys the legal activities of the Big Six accounting firms. Part I then analyzes the current U.S. ethics rules governing law firm ownership, examines proposed U.S. ethics rules that were never adopted, and discusses other U.S. ethics rules related to the practice of MDPs. In addition, Part I studies England's treatment of law firm ownership and MDPs. Finally, Part I offers other reasons for the restrictive rules governing law firm ownership. Part II investigates the arguments in favor of and against MDPs. Part III argues that the current ethics rules permit lawyers to face problems similar to those encountered by lawyers practicing in MDPs. This Note concludes that MDPs should be permitted in the United States.
Big Six Accounting Firms Shop Worldwide for Law Firms: Why Multi-Discipline Practices Should Be Permitted In The United States,
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