Can solicitors instruct themselves?

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Published on LexisPSL on 16/01/2020

The following Practice Compliance Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Can solicitors instruct themselves?

Under the SRA Principles, you must act:

  1. in a way that upholds the constitutional principle of the rule of law, and the proper administration of justice

  2. with integrity

  3. in a way that upholds public trust and confidence in the profession

The SRA Codes of Conduct contain an outright prohibition on acting for a client if there is an own interest conflict or a significant risk of an own interest conflict. An own interest conflict arises whenever your duty to act in the best interests of any client in relation to a matter conflicts, or there is a significant risk that it may conflict, with your own interests in relation to that or a related matter.

See Practice Note: Conflicts of interest 2019—Own interest conflicts.

We are not aware of any specific prohibition on a solicitor acting for themselves and such a situation may not necessarily repres

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