This report is a guide to the ethical behaviour expected of lawyers and all those working within a law firm. It is designed to be of assistance to law students, trainees, and newly qualified solicitors, as well as others working in the legal profession who need a quick answer to a conduct dilemma. The report provides a practical guide to some of the difficult, but common issues which arise.
The report includes an explanatory analysis of the conduct requirements and frequently asked questions (FAQs), with worked examples, examples from the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, and case law. The FAQs are based on the many examples the author has encountered during her time working in the Law Society/SRA ethics department and from her experience as a tutor on various professional conduct courses.
This report is intended to be a useful resource for anyone who needs to understand – or to be reminded of – the behaviours that they are expected to demonstrate.
Unique selling points:
- The author was Senior Ethics Advisor for the SRA’s ethics team which means she is an expert on the topic and has in-depth knowledge of the issues which arise with regards to ethical behaviour
- The report provides a detailed but easy-to-digest explanation of both the role of the SRA in setting standards and the behaviours they expect from the profession
- The report provides guidance on ethics in practice
- This practical report contains advice on frequently asked questions (FAQs), and contains worked examples, examples from the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, and from case law
Each chapter contains ‘top tips’ about the conduct issues discussed.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Client care
Chapter 3: Equality and diversity
Chapter 4: Confidentiality and disclosure
Chapter 5: Conflicts of interests
Chapter 6: Duties to the court
Chapter 7: Referrals and recommendations
Chapter 8: Spare time activities
Chapter 9: Undertakings and other duties to third parties
Chapter 10: Client money
Chapter 11: Your working environment, practising certificate, and relationship with the SRACheck our Executive Summary and full table of contents here