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WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT WEDNESDAY EDITION €1.00 Newspaper post PHOTO CHRIS MANGION PAGE 9 • Editorial PAGE 4 WEDNESDAY • 23 AUGUST 2017 • ISSUE 551 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY No 'firm conclusion' in Chamber's discussion on lawyers in business YANNICK PACE & LIAM CARTER THE Chamber of Advocates has to date reached "no firm conclusion" on whether lawyers should be banned from participating in business, according to chamber president George Hyzler. "The issue of the extent that lawyers should be per- mitted to participate in business is a subject that the Chamber of Advocates is currently debating in the context of a revised code of ethics and no firm con- clusion has been reached to date," said Hyzler when contacted by MaltaToday. The issue was thrust into prominence by retired European Court of Human Rights judge Giovanni Bonello, who, in an opinion piece entitled 'Lawyers and business just don't mix', argued that practising lawyers should be banned from engaging in trade ac- tivities. Bonello argued that across "civilised Europe", there were legal provisions that precluded lawyers from also being businessmen, adding that the "absolute majority" of lawyers who have brought the profession into disrepute were "lawyer-businessmen". He started something: Judge Giovanni Bonello's opinion on lawyers in business ruffled feathers Experts agree: Maltese indiscipline is growing and causing more deaths A common sight: overtaking at every opportunity possible, for minimal gain. Impatience on Maltese roads, and the inevitable consequences of such dangerous driving, is becoming too commonplace to ignore, and yet the response to avoidable traffic deaths is never one of harsher penalties or enforcement MIRIAM DALLI IT always takes a loss of life for attention to be shifted onto the safety of Malta's roads. The fo- cus becomes the life that has been lost, the fam- ily that has been bereaved and the sad realisa- tion that the accident could have been avoided. What is even sadder is the acceptance of Mal- ta's roads being rendered unsafe due to the way that drivers drive: sometimes it's the drivers of heavy vehicles who are accused of driving as if "they own the road", other times the blame falls on young drivers and their speeding; at other times it's the older drivers "whose slow driving drives other people mad". But ultimately, it's every single driver who re- fuses to listen and to care that is to blame. PAGE 7

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