The increasingly fierce battle for clients opens the way for defense lawyers’ many uses of dirty tricks, reported the newspaper Dagens Næringsliv.
‘There is a big problem. And it just gets worse and worse’, said lawyer Gunhild Lærum about so-called ‘clientnapping’ (client-kidnapping), reported DN.
The newspaper wrote that the number of defense lawyers has increased by nearly 50 percent in recent years. The large increase has led to an increasing battle to secure clients.
A number of other lawyers the newspaper has talked to paint the same picture, calling it ‘harmful to society’.
The methods described include offering clients money, kebabs, the smuggling of PCs and mobile phones into prisons, prizes for client recruitment (‘vervepremier’), and even drugs.
‘There is stealing of clients in criminal cases, particularly in Oslo. There is a desire to hijack the big clients, those who get coverage in the newspapers. Many lawyers are willing to be on tap at any cost’, said Lærum, who believes the Bar Association, courts and prison system must show unity in cleaning up what she calls an ‘uncultured environment among defense lawyers’.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today