Coronavirus (COVID-19)—professional conduct for in-house lawyers
Coronavirus (COVID-19)—professional conduct for in-house lawyers

The following Risk & Compliance practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)—professional conduct for in-house lawyers
  • SRA’s regulatory approach
  • Employment issues
  • General employment issues
  • Keyworker status of lawyers
  • Working from home and operating your office as a workplace
  • Information security
  • Phishing scams and other fraud
  • Personal devices and public Wi-Fi networks
  • Transferring work data using personal email and cloud storage accounts
  • More...

This Practice Note reflects advice issued by the SRA and Law Society on the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on a range of commercial and professional conduct issues. This advice is aimed at law firms, but some of it is relevant to in-house lawyers. It is supplemented in various places with more detailed guidance from LexisPSL.

For guidance on issues other than relating to professional conduct, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit. This covers a variety of subjects such as employment issues, business continuity, contracts including execution issues, dispute resolution and tax.

SRA’s regulatory approach

The SRA expects solicitors to continue to meet the high standards the public expects. This means you must do everything you reasonably can to comply with the SRA’s Standards and Regulations and follow the SRA Principles—including serving the best interests of your client and upholding the rule of law. For guidance on your obligations under the Standards and Regulations, see Practice Notes:

  1. SRA Standards and Regulations 2019—in-house lawyers

  2. SRA Code of Conduct for Solicitors, RELs and RFLs—for in-house lawyers

  3. Conflicts of interest, confidentiality and disclosure 2019—in-house lawyers

  4. Reporting breaches to the SRA—in-house lawyers

The SRA will take a proportionate approach, including to enforcement. If the SRA receives complaints, it will take account of mitigating circumstances as set out in its enforcement strategy—see Practice Note: SRA enforcement strategy. This includes focusing on serious misconduct and clearly

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