Sections 3.1-2 and 3.2-1 of the Code of Professional Conduct confirm that the lawyer owes the client a duty to be competent to perform any legal services undertaken on the client’s behalf. The lawyer should be conscientious, diligent and efficient in the provision of services to the client. The client is entitled to assume that the lawyer has the ability and capacity to deal adequately with any legal matters undertaken on the client’s behalf.
The Code sets out a detailed, but not exhaustive, list of expected practices:
The lawyer’s duty to their client does not override their duty to comply with their professional obligations. A lawyer cannot accept instructions from their client that would result in them breaching the requirements of The Legal Profession Act, 1990, the Rules of the Law Society of Saskatchewan, and/or the Code of Professional Conduct.