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Rulebook Realities: A Legal Professional's Guide to Conflict of Interest

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Law in a nutshell

Dealing with conflicts of interest. Paragraph 5.8 of Lexcel v 6.1 has a policy requirement for it. Search the SRA Code of Conduct for Solicitors paragraphs 6.1 and 6.2, and also look at the Guidance and Case Studies on conflicts of interest provided. Whether or not your firm has Lexcel accreditation, or you are regulated by the SRA or the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC), as a working lawyer you need to understand the idea of ‘conflict of interest’ and be able to spot when there is the potential for it to arise. 

What's covered?

Two different types of conflict of interest, why a conflict of interest is a problem for the lawyer, examples of conflict of interest, steps to take when a conflict arises, why lawyers struggle to identify conflicts and then take appropriate action.

Estimated length

20 mins

Recommended knoweldge level  

All levels

Knowledge check

3 questions at the end to check your understanding