Professional Ethics in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Barratt v Ansell (t/a as Woolf Seddon); Arthur JS Hall & Company v Simons
    • House of Lords
    • 20 Julio 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.

    Looking at the other side of the coin, what pressures might induce the advocate to disregard his duty to the court in favour of pleasing the client? Perhaps the wish not to cause dissatisfaction which might make the client reluctant to pay. Or the wish to obtain more instructions from the same client. But among these pressures, I would not put high on the list the prospect of an action for negligence.

  • Airedale NHS Trust v Bland
    • House of Lords
    • 04 Febrero 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.

  • Parry-Jones v Law Society
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 15 Noviembre 1967

    So far as Mr Parry-Jones' point as to privilege is concerned, privilege of course is irrelevant when one is not concerned with judicial or quasi-judicial proceedings because, strictly speaking, privilege refers to a right to withhold from a court, or a tribunal exercising judicial functions, material which would otherwise be admissible in evidence. What we are concerned with here is the contractual duty of confidence, generally implied though sometimes expressed, between a solicitor and client.

  • Mitchell v News Group Newspapers Ltd
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 27 Noviembre 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.

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

    (c) The breach of this implied obligation of trust and confidence may consist of a series of actions on the part of the employer which cumulatively amount to a breach of the term, though each individual incident may not do so. In particular in such a case the last action of the employer which leads to the employee leaving need not itself be a breach of contract; the question is, does the cumulative series of acts taken together amount to a breach of the implied term?

  • Crompton (Alfred) Amusement Machines Ltd v Commissioners of Customs and Excise (No. 2)
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 17 Febrero 1972

    At other times it is a Government department or a local authority.It may even be the Government itself, like the Treasury Solicitor and his staff. They are regarded by the law as in every respect in the same position as those who practise on their own account. The only difference is that they act for one client only, and not for several clients. They must uphold the same standards of honour and of etiquette. They are subject to the same duties to their client and to the Court.

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Legislation
  • Children and Social Work Act 2017
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 2017
    ...... (c) (c) to promote and maintain proper professional standards for social workers in England. S-38 . Advisers 38 Advisers . ... of students, it must determine and publish standards of conduct or ethics for registered students. . (3) Before determining a standard under this ......
  • The Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 2004
    ...... “authorised health professional” means— . (a) a doctor, . (b) a dentist, . (c) a nurse, or . (d) a ... “ethics committee” means— . (a) a committee established or recognised in ......
  • Care Act 2014
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 2014
    ...... the provider to arrange for, a person with appropriate professional expertise to carry out an independent review of the business. . (3) ... . . (b) functions relating to research ethics committees (see sections 112 to 115);. . . (c) functions as a member of ......
  • The Statutory Auditors and Third Country Auditors (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 2019
    ...... (a) the individual holds a professional qualification which covers all the subjects that are covered by a ...S-74 . In Schedule 1 (requirements for professional ethics,.. . 74. In Schedule 1 (requirements for professional ethics, ......
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