Ethics : Ethics And Ethics

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The first part of this essay deals with why solicitors are required to conduct themselves in an ethical manner. Solicitors are regularly trying to tackle cases presented to them with ethical implications and dilemmas. The Oxford English Dictionary has a few meanings to the word ethics. The broad use of the term ethics is sometimes equated with moral principles, or a system of these. However, it also describes ethics to be “The moral principles or values held or shown by an individual person. The codes of conduct or moral principles recognized in a particular profession, sphere of activity, relationship, or other context or aspect of human life.”

Ethics plays an important part in the legal system. Law and ethics go hand in hand when establishing the underlying concepts any practising lawyer will face. Codes of conduct or rules for any profession are to reassure the public that the services provided are by qualified individuals. Lawyers are expected to abide by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) handbook and for barristers the Bar Standards Board (BSB) code of conduct, the professional codes of ethics, used as a guidance and benchmark for disciplinary action to be taken against someone who does not comply to these rules. Up until July 2007 the regulations in which solicitor 's had to follow were obtained from different sources such as the Solicitors Act 1974, Administration of Justice Act 1985 etc. Solicitor 's obligations also emerged from statutes, common law, the…

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