This practice note is the Law Society's view of good practice in this area. It is not legal advice.
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practice that solicitors can follow. You are not required to follow
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for your actions.
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The following sections of the SRA Code are relevant to this issue:
- Principle 1 - you must act in the best interests of your client
9 - you must run your business or carry out your role in the business
in a way that encourages equality of opportunity and respect for
- Chapter 2 - Equality and diversity: Outcome 2.1 you do
not discriminate unlawfully, or victimise or harass anyone, in the
course of your professional dealings.
- Outcome 2.2 you provide services to clients in a way that respects diversity.
2.3 You make reasonable adjustments to ensure that disabled clients,
employees or managers are not placed at a substantial disadvantage
compared to those who are not disabled, and that you do not pass on the
cost of these adjustments to these disabled clients, employees and
- Chapter 4 - Confidentiality and disclosure: Outcome
4.1 you must keep the affairs of clients confidential unless disclosure
is required or permitted by law or the client consents
are ten mandatory principles which apply to all those the SRA regulates
and to all aspects of practice. The principles can be found in the SRA
The principles apply to
solicitors or managers of authorised bodies who are practising from an
office outside the UK. They also apply if you are a lawyer-controlled
body practising from an office outside the UK.