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Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Edited by Ross Cranston

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198259312
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681936 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198259312.001.0001
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Among members of the legal profession and judiciary throughout the world, there is a genuine concern with establishing and maintaining high ethical standards. It is not difficult to understand why this should be so. Nor is it difficult to see that professional standards are not completely divorced from ordinary morality. Indeed, legal ethics and professional responsibility are more than a set of rules of good conduct; they are also a commitment to honesty, integrity, and service in the practice of law. In order to ensure that the standards established are the right ones, it is necessary first of all to examine important philosophical and policy issues, such as the need to reconsider the boundaries between, on the one hand, a lawyer's obligation to a client and, on the other, the public interest. It is also to be appreciated that conflicts of interest are pervasive and that all too often they are so common that they are not recognised as such. Yet rarely is public policy clearly cut. The book analyses the ethical rules pertaining to the judiciary, the Bar, and solicitors; it looks at the specific issues of confidentiality and the particular ethical problems in the family and criminal law jurisdictions; it finishes with a chapter which examines what lawyers may learn from looking at the study of medical ethics.

Keywords: legal profession; judiciary; ethical standards; professional standards; morality; legal ethics; honesty; integrity; solicitors; public interest

Book.  242 pages. 

Subjects: Legal System and Practice

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Judicial Ethics in Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

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The Professional Responsibility and Ethics of the English Bar in Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

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Confidence, Public Interest, and the Lawyer in Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

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Legal Ethics: Its Nature and Place in the Curriculum in Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

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