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Foundations for the LPC 2020-2021

Foundations for the LPC 2020-2021 (24th edn)

Clare Firth, Elizabeth Smart, Lucy Crompton, Helen Fox, Frances Seabridge, Susan Wigglesworth, and Jennifer Seymour
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date: 25 September 2022

p. 31. Ethics, professional conduct, and regulationlocked

p. 31. Ethics, professional conduct, and regulationlocked

  • Jennifer Seymour, Jennifer SeymourTeaching Associate in Legal Practice, University of Sheffield
  • Clare Firth, Clare FirthSenior Lecturer in Legal Practice, University of Sheffield
  • Lucy Crompton, Lucy CromptonFreelance Legal Academic
  • Helen Fox,
  • Frances Seabridge, Frances SeabridgeTeaching Fellow in Law at Aston University
  • Susan Wigglesworth
  •  and Elizabeth SmartElizabeth SmartHead of Law, Sheffield Hallam University


This chapter begins with a description of how the legal services market has undergone recent change, with the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) Principles and Codes of Conduct within the Standards and Regulations replacing the previous outcomes-focused regulation code (OFR Code). It considers what being a member of the profession and a good solicitor means, the Principles, relevant paragraphs of the Codes of Conduct, the Transparency Rules, and the SRA’s Enforcement Strategy currently in force and how this has widened legal services provision and introduced further flexibility into how solicitors and firms justify their compliance with the regulation. It then looks at the practical application of the principles and paragraphs which are most relevant to readers at this stage of their legal career as a student (covering practical examples relevant to each core legal practice area) and trainee.

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