Criminal justice

Conflicts of interest in criminal cases

This practice note concerns the particular way in which criminal defence solicitors need to consider the avoidance of conflicts of interest when considering whether it is appropriate to act for more than one suspect or defendant, who are being investigated for or charged with related criminal proceedings.

We wish to remind practitioners that the guidance on the issue of conflict in criminal cases, which was previously contained in the Solicitor's Code of Conduct 2007, remains correct notwithstanding that it no longer appears in the SRA Standards and Regulations 2019.

This practice note is the Law Society's view of good practice in this area, and is not legal advice. For more information see the legal status.