This Week in Legal Ethics – Conflict of Interest

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LegalEthicsBannerBy Melanie Hodges Neufeld

Do you know that the Law Society website has a Common Concerns section that provides information on ethical issues lawyer’s may face? The section is geared toward the public, but the information can be a helpful guide for lawyers as well. One area covered in this section is conflict of interest:

Chapters 2.04 of The Code of Professional Conduct address the different types of conflict situations that may arise in a lawyer and client relationship. Essentially, a conflict of interest prohibits a lawyer from doing the following:

  • Acting against a former client in the same or related matter;
  • Acting for both sides in a dispute where the parties are adverse  in interest; and
  • Acting for a client where a lawyer’s personal interests may interfere with the lawyer’s ability to act for the client.

Common examples of conflict of interest are also provided:

If you would like more information, see our Professional Conduct Rulings Database for rulings provided by our Ethics Committee in this area. If you require further assistance, please contact the Law Society.


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