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Legal Ethics

Legal Ethics (2nd edn)

Jonathan Herring
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date: 18 July 2024

p. 39113. Lawyers’ social responsibilitieslocked

p. 39113. Lawyers’ social responsibilitieslocked

  • Jonathan HerringJonathan HerringProfessor in Law at Exeter College, University of Oxford


This chapter examines the responsibilities that lawyers have to society and the greater good. While the professional codes tend to focus on duties to clients, there are some limited duties to the public good. These are found in the duties under the criminal law, and the broader duty to the court and justice system. Lawyers also recognise an obligation to the greater good by means of their pro bono work. However, this is not undertaken by every lawyer.

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