General client conflicts—when can you act? 2011 [Archived]
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General client conflicts—when can you act? 2011 [Archived]

The following Practice Compliance practice note produced in partnership with RadcliffesLeBrasseur provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • General client conflicts—when can you act? 2011 [Archived]
  • What is a client conflict?
  • Factors indicating a conflict
  • Identifying client conflicts
  • Starting point
  • Common conflict scenarios
  • Related matters
  • Indirect conflicts
  • Can you act if there is a client conflict?
  • General position
  • More...

There are two types of conflict: own interest conflicts (sometimes called solicitor-client conflicts) and client conflict. This Practice Note explains when you can act if there is or may be a conflict of interests between two or more clients. For the wider regulatory requirements on Conflicts of interests, see Practice Note: Conflicts of interest—regulatory requirements 2011 [Archived] 2011.

For specific guidance on:

  1. conflicts in relation to conveyancing, property transaction and mortgages, see Conveyancing client conflicts—when can you act?

  2. conflicts in relation to criminal matters, see Client conflicts in criminal matters—when can you act?

  3. conflicts between your own interests and the interests of the client, see Own interest conflicts—when can you act? 2011 [Archived]

  4. client conflicts in relation to restructuring and insolvency, see Conflicts in restructuring and insolvency

See also: Conflicts and confidentiality decision tree—can I act? 2011 [Archived]

This Practice Note reflects the requirements of the SRA Handbook 2011. It has not been updated for the SRA Standards and Regulations, in force from 25 November 2019. See Practice Notes: Conflicts of interest 2019 and Conflicts of interest—SRA 2011 regime and SRA 2019 regime compared for more information on the revised requirements.

What is a client conflict?

A client conflict arises where you owe separate duties to act in the best interests of two or more current clients in relation to the same or related matters and:

  1. those duties

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