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:
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.