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The Professional Responsibility and Ethics of the English Bar

Anthony Thornton

in Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198259312
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681936 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198259312.003.0003
The Professional Responsibility and Ethics of the English Bar

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This chapter provides the ethical rules pertaining to the English Bar. The professional responsibility and ethics required of barristers can only be understood by examining the structure of the Bar, the way in which its rules of conduct are promulgated, the essential requirements of practice, and the conduct a barrister must observe whilst practising. Although there are only so many employed barristers, the profession is organised and regulated largely for barristers in independent practice. Only fourteen places are reserved for employed barristers on the Bar Council and the Code of Conduct is principally concerned with the court conduct and practising arrangements of independent practitioners. Topics discussed include conduct and etiquette, the Bar council, the courts and legal services ct, barristers in independent practice, employed barristers, non-practising barristers, excepted work, international practice, the Code of Conduct, acceptance of briefs and instructions, conduct of a brief or instructions, conduct at court, written professional standards, publicity, fees, equal opportunities, and practising arrangements. The Bar's Code of Conduct seeks to achieve six ideals: integrity, justice, service, economy, efficiency and equality of opportunity.

Keywords: English Bar; professional responsibility; ethics; barristers; Code of Conduct; integrity; justice; equality; economy; efficiency

Chapter.  22850 words. 

Subjects: Legal System and Practice

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