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Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

2nd edition

By Allan C Hutchinson


The importance of ethical behaviour and professional responsibility has long been something lawyers have insisted is a hallmark of their chosen profession. However, many lawyers would argue that the rigorous process through which they must pass to be admitted to the Bar, and the institutionalised code of conduct to which they must adhere if they wish to remain at the Bar, make discussion of these matters necessary only when considering isolated and occasional cases of aberrant behaviour.

In Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Allan Hutchinson makes a convincing case that this view no longer serves the profession well. He argues that the profound changes in the way in which law is practised, and the demographic shifts among those who practise it, demand a new and systematic approach to the subject ó- one that stresses personal responsibility over professional regulation. Professor Hutchinson's book is both an accessible introduction to legal ethics and professional responsibility for students of law and a provocative call to arms for the profession as a whole.

The second edition of the book contains significant discussion and analysis of the Canadian Bar Associationís new Code of Professional Conduct, which was adopted in 2006.


1. Introduction: Of Crisis and Codes
2. Traditional Accounts: Contents and Criticism
3. An Alternative Vision: A Contextual and Pragmatic Approach
4. Legal Practice: The Ethical Dimension
5. Dealing with Clients: From Start to Finish
6. The Duty to Clients: Checking Zealous Partisanship
7. Being Confidential: Secrets and Lies
8. Conflicts of Interest: Screens and Silences
9. Criminal Lawyers: Putting Up a Defence
10. Beyond the General Principles: Special Situations
11. Conclusion: Taking It Personally

APPENDIX: Canadian Bar Association: Code of Professional Conduct

Table of Cases / Index


Published October 2006
Publisher Irwin Law (Canada)
ISBN 9781552211298
Australian RRP $60.00
International Price $55.00
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