Policy—acting for yourself, friends and family
Produced in partnership with Sarah Mumford
Policy—acting for yourself, friends and family

The following Practice Compliance precedent produced in partnership with Sarah Mumford provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Policy—acting for yourself, friends and family

    1. 1

      Introduction

      1. 1.1

        This policy covers three separate situations:

        1. 1.1.1

          the firm acting for one of our partners/employees, alone or jointly with an external client—see section 2;

        1. 1.1.2

          a partner/employee acting for themselves—see section 3; and

        1. 1.1.3

          giving advice to others in a personal capacity, whether or not they are friends or family—see section 4.

      1. 1.2

        This policy serves to protect every client, so that all legal work undertaken by the firm is subject to our standard processes which help mitigate the risk we face as a firm and as individuals.

      1. 1.3

        Compliance with this policy is compulsory.

      1. 1.4

        If you have any queries in relation to this policy, its scope, interpretation or application, contact [insert, eg the COLP].

    1. 2

      [Insert name of firm] acting for partners or employees alone or jointly with an external client

      1. 2.1

        Generally [insert name of firm] will not accept instructions from a partner or employee of the firm in a personal matter relating to that partner/employee or any member of their family (including spouse, civil partner, children, parents, siblings) or friends (meaning close personal friends where it could be said that your objectivity may be impaired).

      1. 2.2

        The [insert, eg board or other decision-making body] has, however, agreed that the following work may be undertaken provided the ‘arm’s length’ procedure in section 2.4 is complied with:

        1. 2.2.1

          [insert work type, eg residential conveyancing, wills, etc];

        1. 2.2.2

          [insert work type].

      1. <2.3<

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