In countries outside the developed world, although writers have written commentaries on specific legal codes, very little attention has been given to legal writing which has focused specifically on the ethics of the legal profession. This book makes a special contribution in that regard providing, as it does, a comparative study of prevailing efforts to enhance ethical standards in a profession potentially in crisis and under much public scrutiny.
Countries which have been examined include the UK, the US, Canada, South Africa, and countries in the Pacific, South East Asia and the Caribbean. Valuable guidance and learning are provided on such topical issues as wasted costs orders, conflicts of interests, legal and judicial codes, confidentiality, privilege and the ethics of the criminal process, where the jury system comes in for critical evaluation.
This book will be a valuable text on the ethics and status of the profession. It will be of considerable interest to law students, practitioners and legal academics, Bar Associations, Attorneys-General and Directors of Public Prosecutions as well as members of the judiciary.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 A Crisis in Legal Ethics; Chapter 2 The Law – a Business Rather than a Profession?; Chapter 3 Access to Justice; Chapter 4 Immunity From Suit; Chapter 5 Professional Responsibility of Lawyers; Chapter 6 Wasted Costs; Chapter 7 Confidentiality and Legal Professional Privilege; Chapter 8 Conflicts of Interest and Chinese Walls; Chapter 9 Self-Regulation and Discipline in the Legal Profession; Chapter 10 Ethics of the Criminal Process; Chapter 11 Alternative Dispute Resolution; Chapter 12 Epilogue;
Sir Fred Phillips