Professional Ethics and Regulation in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Airedale NHS Trust v Bland
    • House of Lords
    • 04 Feb 1993

    I also feel that those who are concerned that a matter of life and death, such as is involved in a decision to withhold life support in case of this kind, should be left to the doctors, would do well to study this paper. This is a topic to which I will return at the end of this opinion, when I come to consider the extent to which the view of the court should be sought, as a matter of practice, in cases such as the present.

  • Barratt v Ansell (t/a as Woolf Seddon); Arthur JS Hall & Company v Simons
    • House of Lords
    • 20 Jul 2000

    To assess the likelihood, I think that one should start by considering the incentives which advocates presently have to comply with their duty and those which might tempt them to ignore it. The first consideration is that most advocates are honest conscientious people who need no other incentive to comply with the ethics of their profession. Then there is the wish to enjoy a good reputation among one's peers and the judiciary.

  • Mitchell v News Group Newspapers Ltd
    • Court of Appeal
    • 27 Nov 2013

    If the non-compliance cannot be characterised as trivial, then the burden is on the defaulting party to persuade the court to grant relief. If there is a good reason for it, the court will be likely to decide that relief should be granted.

  • Saif Ali v Sydney Mitchell & Company
    • House of Lords
    • 02 Nov 1978

    No matter what profession it may be, the common law does not impose on those who practise it any liability for damage resulting from what in the result turn out to have been errors of judgment, unless the error was such as no reasonably well-informed and competent member of that profession could have made. So too the common law makes allowance for the difficulties in the circumstances in which professional judgments have to be made and acted upon.

  • Bolton v The Law Society
    • Court of Appeal
    • 06 Dec 1993

    But none of them touches the essential issue, which is the need to maintain among members of the public a well-founded confidence that any solicitor whom they instruct will be a person of unquestionable integrity, probity and trustworthiness. The reputation of the profession is more important than the fortunes of any individual member. Membership of a profession brings many benefits, but that is a part of the price.

  • Barclays Bank Plc v O'Brien
    • House of Lords
    • 21 Oct 1993

    In particular, if the party asserting that he takes free of the earlier rights of another knows of certain facts which put him on inquiry as to the possible existence of the rights of that other and he fails to make such inquiry or take such other steps as are reasonable to verify whether such earlier right does or does not exist, he will have constructive notice of the earlier right and take subject to it.

  • Whitehouse (A.P.) (Suing by his Mother and Next Friend Eileen Whitehouse) v Jordan and Others
    • House of Lords
    • 19 Feb 1981

    While some degree of consultation between experts and legal advisers is entirely proper, it is necessary that expert evidence presented to the court should be, and should be seen to be, the independent product of the expert, uninfluenced as to form or content by the exigencies of litigation. To the extent that it is not, the evidence is likely to be not only incorrect but self defeating.

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Law Firm Commentaries
  • Law Society offers professional helpline
    • LexBlog United Kingdom
    • June 03, 2008
    The UK Law Society is now offering solicitors professional help by email and fax. From the Law Society announcement: The Law Society helplines provide advice, support and access to pastoral care fo...
    ...... can also assist with questions about the anti-money laundering regulations. Lines are open from 0900 to 1700, Monday to Friday. Library – 0870 606 ...Other helplines Ethics helpline – 0870 606 2577 The Solicitors Regulation Authority provides ......
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements: Ethics And Enforceability
    • Mondaq UK
    • August 20, 2018
    ...... disclosures of certain information, including in relation to professional misconduct - such as sexual harassment towards employees or clients - or ... should be held to account, and asks that the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board - the bodies regulating the legal ......
  • Changing Codes of Conduct
    • JD Supra United Kingdom
    • Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE)
    • November 12, 2019
    In the first few days of October, the Market Research Society (MRS) and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) both decided to change their codes of ethics, but for two v...
    ......) both decided to change their codes of ethics, but for two very different reasons. The driver ... European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and MRS states on their website[1] ... from their Code of Ethics and Professional Practice,[5] including passages such as:. . ......
  • Insurers Must Navigate The Moral Maze Of AI
    • Mondaq UK
    • February 07, 2019
    ...The industry must develop a code of ethics around the insurance of artificial intelligence ... under the EU's General Data Protection Regulation - specifically rights regarding automated ...Lawyers and professional bodies like the General Medical Council also have ......
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