Subject: Conflicts of interest are a thorny problem and there are not many practical guidelines available to decide how best to apply the LPC’s rules.
Purpose: Legal practitioners (attorneys and advocates) are required to adhere to strict rules about dealing with conflicts of interest. This is not unlike other sectors where personal interests must take a backseat to professional interests, but the duty of care that is expected of lawyers is very strict. Find out more about the rules for legal practitioners and see if you can apply them in some practical examples.
Reflection: You should have some questions about when a conflict is a conflict that can be managed, and when its not permitted, and what you can do about it. In a follow-up module we will consider the concept of ‘chinese walls’.
CPD: This module is worth 2 points.