Legal services and ethics

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal Hearing from January and March 2020, where a newly solicitor was struck off and ordered to pay £10k costs for dishonesty after lying about leaving a briefcase containing sensitive documents on a train. She was found to be in breach of the Code of Conduct 2011 (now superceded by the Codes of Conduct). Dishonesty, integrity and lack of public trust are all discussed, and will be useful to inform your understanding of the new Codes.

The case is reported in Legal Cheek here

However the SRA decided not to punish her firm for a delay in report her misconduct. This article also illustrates the issue of conflict of interest, as her firm as often instructed by the SRA. (Remember the new codes separate the obligations of the firm from the obligations of the solicitor.)
Text of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990
Text of the Access to Justice Act 1999
Text of the Legal Services Act 2007
World Justice Project Rule of Law index which aims, through statistics, to quantify, among other things, access to justice and legal services in nations around the world.
The Law Society’s annual statistical reports setting out social and diversity statistics relating to the solicitors’ profession. See also: .
Solicitors’ Regulation Authority Code of Conduct, which sets out the ethical rules governing the solicitors’ profession.
Bar Standards Board Handbook, which sets out the ethical rules governing the Bar.
A brief summary of the history of the Law Society.
Sir David Clementi, Review of the Regulatory Framework for Legal Services in England & Wales: Final Report, 2004
Example of ‘traditional’ solicitors grouping together for marketing purposes.
Example of direct access barristers.

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