Professional Ethics and Regulation in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Bristol and West Building Society v Mothew
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 24 July 1996

    A fiduciary is someone who has undertaken to act for or on behalf of another in a particular matter in circumstances which give rise to a relationship of trust and confidence. The distinguishing obligation of a fiduciary is the obligation of loyalty.

  • Airedale NHS Trust v Bland
    • House of Lords
    • 04 February 1993

    It is nevertheless the function of the judges to state the legal principles upon which the lawfulness of the actions of doctors depend; but in the end the decisions to be made in individual cases must rest with the doctors themselves. Mutual understanding between the doctors and the judges is the best way to ensure the evolution of a sensitive and sensible legal framework for the treatment and care of patients, with a sound ethical base, in the interest of the patients themselves.

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

  • Mitchell v News Group Newspapers Ltd
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 27 November 2013

  • Balabel v Air India
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 16 March 1988

  • Lewis v Motorworld Garages Ltd
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 01 August 1985

  • Bolton v The Law Society
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 06 December 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.

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Legislation
  • The Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004
    • UK Non-devolved
    • January 01, 2004
    ... ... 3 (authorisation for clinical trials and ethics committee opinion) and shall make the request for ... conduct the trial in accordance with regulation 17 ... (5) The request for authorisation ... (a) an investigator,(b) a health care professional who is a member of an investigator’s team,(c) a ... ...
  • The Pharmacy Order 2010
    • UK Non-devolved
    • January 01, 2010
    ... ... September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications(6) , and references in this Order ... device” has the meaning given in regulation 2(2) of the Medical Devices Regulations 2002(10) ... reference to any code of conduct for, and ethics relating to, pharmacy) ;(I234e) to set standards ... ...
  • Medical Act 1983
    • UK Non-devolved
    • January 01, 1983
    ... ... (c) to promote and maintain proper professional standards and conduct for members of that ... day,(a) whose case falls within regulation F7313(8) (a) of the General Systems ... Part V: Fitness to Practise and Medical Ethics ... 35: General Council’s power to advise on ... ...
  • The Statutory Auditors and Third Country Auditors (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019
    • UK Non-devolved
    • January 01, 2019
    ... ... into force in accordance with regulation 2 ... The Secretary of State makes these ... are that(a) the individual holds a professional qualification which covers all the subjects that ... may, within the standards on professional ethics that it determines in accordance with Schedule 1, ... ...
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Books & Journal Articles
  • Professional value and ethical self-regulation in the development of modern librarianship. The documentality of library ethics
    • No. 73-6, October 2017
    • Journal of Documentation
    • 1261-1280
    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is twofold: first, to make a contribution to the theoretical understanding of documents and documentary agency in society through examples from a defined institut...
  • Book Reviews
    • No. 27-3, September 2000
    • Journal of Law and Society
    Books reviewed: K. D. Ewing and C. A. Gearty, The Struggle for Civil Liberties: Political Freedom and the Rule of Law in Britain Doreen McBarnet and Christopher Whelan, Creative Accounting and the ...
    ... ... and Labour: the Munitions Acts, State regulation and the Unions, 1915–1921 (1987); G.R. Rubin, ... of Business Regulation’ in Professional Competition and Professional Power. Lawyers, ... aspirations in Suicide and Professional Ethics and Civic Morals for a political order that would ... ...
  • An inch of progress: new ethics opinion gets real about assistance to fraud and crime
    • No. 29-2, March 2022
    • Journal of Financial Crime
    • 721-728
    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to analyze the current law on the professional responsibility of American attorneys to combat financial crimes and developments in light of recent scandals and...
    ... ... purpose of this paper is to analyze the current law on the professional responsibility ofAmerican attorneys to combat financialcrimes and ... that acknowledges thedeficiencies that still exist in the regulation of attorney ethics to combat financial crimes by clients ... ...
  • An inch of progress: new ethics opinion gets real about assistance to fraud and crime
    • No. 29-2, March 2022
    • Journal of Financial Crime
    • 721-728
    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to analyze the current law on the professional responsibility of American attorneys to combat financial crimes and developments in light of recent scandals and...
    ... ... purpose of this paper is to analyze the current law on the professional responsibility ofAmerican attorneys to combat financialcrimes and ... that acknowledges thedeficiencies that still exist in the regulation of attorney ethics to combat financial crimes by clients ... ...
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Law Firm Commentaries
  • Law Society offers professional helpline
    • LexBlog United Kingdom
    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...
    ... ... Other helplines Ethics helpline 0870 606 2577 The Solicitors Regulation Authority provides the ... ...
  • Changing Codes of Conduct
    • JD Supra United Kingdom
    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 ... 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: ... ... ...
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements: Ethics And Enforceability
    • Mondaq UK
    ... ... 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 ... ...
  • Insurers Must Navigate The Moral Maze Of AI
    • Mondaq UK
    ...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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