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So You Think You're An Ethical Solicitor?

So You Think You're An Ethical Solicitor?


The new SRA Standards & Regulations in Action

Second edition updated to account for the new SRA regime and with a new chapter on the ethics of lawtech plus the text of the new regulations. 

"@avoidgravity Just finished reading your book "How to be an Ethical Solicitor". Just got the course to do. Great read - thought provoking." Fran Newbury

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has made ethical practice a cornerstone of its new Standards and Regulations that come into operation on 25th November 2019.

The new light touch regime requires that solicitors take on much greater responsibility for their own actions, acting ethically at all times. Those who fall short of the high professional standards expected, both when acting in a professional capacity and in personal daily life, run the risk of both adverse publicity and regulatory censure.

This 2nd edition* of this unique book explains what ethical legal practice means in daily life and how that fits with the new SRA regime. It is not a strict law book. Instead it uses a wealth of real world examples, hypothetical scenarios and illustrations to ground the SRA requirements firmly within the tricky situations legal practitioners encounter every day. This new edition is also enhanced with a new chapter on the ethics of using lawtech in your practice, a minefield especially when using 'AI' to help decision-making.

In doing so it not only helps you minimise the risks of an investigation (or worse) but also helps you become a more confident practitioner when faced with potential ethical traps.

Written in a straightforward approachable style, with colourful diagrams and flowcharts to illustrate the key messages, it also covers the evolving use of social media, legal technology and ADR. All this makes the book essential reading for solicitors, trainees, law firm staff and law students everywhere and at every level of seniority.

Read the first 40 pages free 
  1. Introduction
  2. Rules-based ethics and regulation
  3. Behaving ethically
  4. The client is king
  5. You v The rest of the world
  6. Complaints and negligence
  7. Ethics of social media
  8. Litigation v ADR
  9. NEW CHAPTER: Ethics and the rise of lawtech
  10. Conclusion

APPENDIX: The text of the new rules and regulations

    Who would find the book useful?
    • Solicitors
    • Compliance officers and law firm managers
    • Professional law & legal skills lecturers
    • LPC students and trainee solicitors
    About the authors

    Mena Ruparel is both a practising solicitor and an experienced legal trainer with a mission to maintain the professional standards of the legal profession for the benefit of both the public and practitioners. Insights gathered from years at the front line have been distilled in this book.

    Richard Burnham is a solicitor, legal blogger and lawtech developer so is ideally placed to look at the ethical risks of using technology and social media.

    Both authors are regular contributors to national legal journals covering legal ethics. Click here to catch up on their recent insights.

    Reviews of the 1st edition

    "How to be an Ethical Solicitor by Mena and Richard brings the SRA Code of Conduct alive. For practitioners and students entering the profession, the Code is what we live and breathe. Mena and Richard provide an insight into the Code from their experiences with examples not otherwise always readily available. I particularly benefited from the chapter on social media which is new and upcoming in the legal world.

    My students have definitely benefited from the quote ‘Know the right thing, Do the right thing, For the right reason’
    Aruna Verma, Tutor, University of Law

    "This is a must read book for Compliance Officers for Legal Practice (COLP) and Compliance Officers for Financial Administration (COFA), and for every solicitor to understand that the flexibility of the code still requires a analysis of actions."
    Law Society Family Section

    Prices, Formats etc
    • Published May 2020
    • 291 pages
    • ISBN 978-1-9164315-7-7
    • Prices
      • Print: £30 + £4 p&p
      • Digital: £30
      • Print + digital bundle: £45

    *The title of the 1st edition was How to Be An Ethical Solicitor


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