The standards of conduct contained in rule B1 do not apply when you are engaged in cross-border practice. Note that this term does not encompass transactions or activity between the constituent parts of the United Kingdom.
Outsourcers should give independent advice
Supervision of non-solicitor employees It is emphasised that the obligation in rule B1.4.1 (to "act in the best interests of your clients subject to preserving your independence and complying with the law, these rules and the principles of good professional conduct") extends to practice units as well as individual solicitors.
You are reminded that a solicitor must (a) have instructions from his or her client and (b) be satisfied when taking instructions, that his or her client has the capacity to give instructions to relation to that matter
Signature of Certificates on Powers of Attorney - Trainee Solicitors Sections 15, 16 and 16A of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 provide that a continuing power of attorney or a welfare power of attorney must incorporate a certificate by a practising solicitor or a doctor that the solicitor or doctor has interviewed the granter immediately before he or she signed the documents;
Confidentiality is related to conflict of interest but is also a separate and distinct question. The position is set out in rule B1.6 which states "You must maintain client confidentiality. This duty is not terminated by the passage of time.
Criminal solicitors to notify ICO under Data Protection Act The Society continues to receive enquiries, especially from criminal practitioners, about whether they should have notified the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) under the Data Protection Act.
The law and the legal profession are of significant interest to the media and their readers, listeners and viewers.
You must maintain client confidentiality.
B1.7: Conflict of Interest in relation to Outsourcing
Obligation on outsourcers to disclose interests
Guidance for solicitors providing advice on dispute resolution procedures
Change in specialism by means of a conversion course The Society is keen to make the professional support it offers to members, through the challenges of the recession, as relevant as possible.
Check the skills of outsourced providers
Defenders Contacting Pursuers' Agents Direct It has come to the attention of the Professional Practice Committee that there is an increasing tendency for Defenders to telephone Pursuers' agents direct to discuss active cases.
The Professional Practice Committee and the Council confirm that where money or deeds are sent to be held as undelivered pending purification of a condition, they should be so held if the condition is not purified. Settlement will not take place until they can be treated as delivered.
Diversity - Outsourcing