In-House Ethics in Practice

In-house Ethics in Practice is a practical, easy-to-read guide on the ethical behaviour that is expected of in-house lawyers. It describes those behaviours that are expected when you work in a legal environment, and it provides guidance on some of the most challenging, but common, issues which arise in in-house practice.

 

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Lawyers are expected to behave in an ethical and professional manner at all times, and the SRA Handbook places extra emphasis on ethics in a lawyer’s conduct and in client care. It is important that all in-house lawyers – whether in senior positions as heads of legal or as newly qualified members of legal teams – understand the behaviours expected of them.
 
In-house Ethics in Practice is a practical, easy-to-read guide on the ethical behaviour that is expected of in-house lawyers. It describes those behaviours that are expected when you work in a legal environment, and it provides guidance on some of the most challenging, but common, issues which arise in in-house practice.
 
Key features of this book include:

  • Explanatory analysis of conduct requirements
     
  • FAQs on key ethical issues
     
  • Examples from the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and case law
     
  • Examples from the author's own experience working in the Law Society/SRA ethics department
     
  • Top tips are provided on the conduct issues discussed in each chapter

Why should you buy this book?

  • Benefit from the author’s in-depth knowledge of SRA’s ethics requirements
     
  • Prepare for ethical challenges you might face with the help of real-life scenarios that appear throughout the book 
     
  • Ensure your behaviour is ethical at all times by checking the "top tips" section featured at the end of every chapter
     
  • Understand all the main areas the SRA focuses on with regards to client care, such as: conflicts and confidentiality, client money, referrals, and undertakings.
     
  • Own the only book currently on the market that deals with ethics in a practical and easy to follow (non-theoretical) manner

About the Author

Tracey Calvert is the director of Oakalls Consultancy Ltd which provides regulatory compliance services to lawyers. From 1997–2011 she was employed by the Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority in a variety of roles. Tracey helped draft the new SRA Handbook and was the Senior Ethics Advisor to the SRA’s ethics team. Her areas of specialist knowledge are ethics, professional conduct, financial services, and anti-money laundering policy.

Contents

Chapter 1: The in-house solicitor’s relationship with the SRA

Chapter 2: The link between risk-based regulation and the in-house lawyer

Chapter 3: Regulation in practice – An overview of the SRA Handbook

Chapter 4: Regulatory requirements – The issue of practising certificates

Chapter 5: Essential knowledge – The SRA Principles and the SRA

Chapter 6: Client care in the in-house environment

Chapter 7: Equality and diversity behaviours

Chapter 8: Understanding conflicts and confidentiality when working in-house

Chapter 9: Duties to the court

Chapter 10: Undertakings and other duties to third parties

Chapter 11: Business risk

Chapter 12: The in-house lawyer’s regulatory toolkit

Chapter 13: The in-house solicitor’s client base
 

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Tracey Calvert
Tracey Calvert is a lawyer and the director of Oakalls Consultancy Limited. She is a regulatory, compliance and ethics specialist, providing a variety of advisory services to members of the solicitor’s profession. She is a regular speaker and trainer on these topics and has delivered presentations both within the UK and internationally. She is an officer of the International Bar Association’s Professional Ethics Committee and a board member of both the Wilmington Group’s Legal Compliance Association and the Law Society’s Legal Compliance Bulletin. Tracey was previously employed by the Law Society and the SRA as a senior ethics advisor and a policy executive.

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