If we can’t break the law, then give us a better idea!

If we can’t break the law, then give us a better idea!

Joe Murphy – Compliance & Ethics Professional – February 2015

better idea

As the compliance and ethics officer, you have told them, “No, you can’t do that because it is illegal and unethical.” They then say, “OK, tell us what we can do instead.” What then?

As a company lawyer, my thinking was usually, “How can I help my client do what it wants to do?” That is a lawyer’s role. So if I said that X violated the antitrust laws, my job would be to come up with an alternative plan that was legal. It might be my idea or I might work with creative people in the client group to find a different path.

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