Sasha Scott: Cracking the code
The modernisation of the solicitors' conduct rules in the form of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's (SRA's) new Code of Conduct is all to be welcomed and heralds the arrival of the solicitors' profession into the 21st century. The new Code, unlike its predecessor, the Professional Conduct Guide, is clear and concise. The Code provides a set of clear principles and emphasises the need for evidence of compliance. It offers detailed guidance and streamlines a variety of earlier rules and pieces of legislation into one sleek guidebook. The Code is principle and evidence-based and allows a good deal of autonomy, provided compliance is achieved.
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