Question of Ethics

Question of Ethics is supplied by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. We publish one question a week, which will over time build into an invaluable resource on ethics issues. If you have a question you would like us to ask the SRA ethics team to answer, then e-mail us at contact@legalfutures.biz


City lawyers “privately regulated by clients”

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A “tranche” of top commercial lawyers “has effectively become privately regulated by the clients they seek to serve”, a leading academic has said. Dr Steven Vaughan said some were “happy to be captured” by clients.

January 15th, 2016

Court of Appeal: judges working as barristers do not have to disclose “every ongoing piece of litigation”

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Appeal judges have ruled that part-time judges who are working as barristers do not have to reveal details of “every ongoing piece of litigation” they are dealing with to ward off accusations of bias.

December 23rd, 2015

QASA heads for launch after LSB gives final green light

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There is “sufficient consistency of evidence and concern” about the standard of criminal advocacy to warrant the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA), the Legal Services Board concluded today.

July 29th, 2013

SRA needs to hold "overzealous lawyers" to account for advice that enables client wrongdoing

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Transactional lawyers should be held accountable if their advice is used by clients for unlawful acts and strict conduct rules are necessary to police this rather than an outcomes-focused principle, law academics have argued.

January 31st, 2013

CA overturns ban on in-house lawyer acting in case against former employer

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The Court of Appeal has overturned an injunction that prevented an in-house lawyer from advising on litigation against her former employer. But it acknowledged that the case raised difficult issues around lawyers moving jobs with confidential information.

June 6th, 2012

Should I tell my client she’s dying?

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The latest Question of Ethics from the Solicitors Regulation Authority looks at whether a solicitor should pass on information in a medical report that their client’s cancer is terminal when the doctor says it should not be disclosed.

May 6th, 2011

Coping with lender demands for bank statements

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Question of Ethics from the Solicitors Regulation Authority is back. This weekly column of dilemmas answered by the professional ethics team at the SRA looks at the very topical issue of a lender asking solicitors for details of client back account statements as part of a panel review.

March 18th, 2011

Fire in the hole

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This week’s Question of Ethics from the Solicitors Regulation Authority looks at what you should do if your document storage facility has been badly damaged by fire.

July 16th, 2010

Interesting times

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This week’s Question of Ethics from the Solicitors Regulation Authority looks at the obligation on solicitors to obtain the best rate of interest held in a separate designated client account.

July 9th, 2010

Basic instincts

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This week’s Question of Ethics from the Solicitors Regulation Authority looks at whether you should take any action when representing a divorce client who has had a sexual relationship with her husband’s solicitor.

July 2nd, 2010