CPD Hours Level
Seminar 6 IntermediateInformation


Being ethical is not only a professional requirement, but also good for business. In-House Lawyers have conflicting duties in their roles and doing “the Right Thing” can be complex and challenging. For solicitors, the new SRA Statement of Competence requires solicitors to demonstrate a clear understanding of ethical behaviour.

Drawing on current thinking and regulatory requirements, this course helps the in-house lawyer chart their way through the difficult waters of life in a non-law firm organisation. The course provides insight in why people behave unethically and gives a structure for the in-house lawyer to be both professionally compliant and ethical.

The course will help you to:

  • Understand the main ethical issues that affect in-house lawyers in today's world
  • Tie ethics and compliance within the UK legal regulatory regime together and understand how the regime applies to in-house lawyers
  • Consider the main areas of risks that are created by the regulatory regime and how to address them
  • Take away practical guidance to managing regulatory and ethical issues in the in-house environment
  • Think about how you create an ethical culture in your legal team

The course is aimed at in-house lawyers particularly GCs, those who manage teams or supervise people including other legal case workers and paralegals. For individual solicitors who are in-house, this is as timely review of their individual responsibilities. There will be team working sessions, notes and case studies to take away.

What You Will Learn

This course will cover the following:

The Ethical Changes

  • What drives unethical behaviour
  • Ethical dilemmas
    • Who is my client
    • Conflicts of interest
    • Confidentiality
    • Acting in the best interest of my client
    • Independence

The Regulatory Framework

  • The Legal Services Act 2007 and the Solicitors Act 1974
  • The roles of the LSB and the Authorising Bodies
  • Entity v Individual Regulation
  • Ethics v Regulation - How do they relate?
  • Authorisation and the In-House Lawyer (Practising Certificates)

The SRA Statement of Competence

  • What does it mean for in-house lawyers?
  • What does it contain?
  • How do I comply?
  • How do I show that I am competent in ethics?

The Code of Conduct

  • General Application to In-House Solicitors
  • Client Care
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Confidentiality
  • Your Client and the Court
  • Managing your legal function
  • Risk management and the SRA

Creating a Successful Ethical Culture

  • Avoiding 'Holier than Thou' - managing ethics in the in-house legal function
  • Ethics v Compliance
  • Promoting ethics as a business tool
  • Assessing Lawyers Ethics
  • The Role of Training and Personal Development

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