Ethics Portal

 

The first batch of Practice Directions and Guidance Notes updated in consultation with the Professional Conduct Council in accordance with section 59(3) of the Legal Profession Act (Cap 161, 2009 Rev Ed) is available below.

The rest of the Practice Directions and Guidance Notes (where hyperlinks are not available) are currently under review and will be made available in the Ethics Portal. In the interim, the current version of these Practice Directions and Guidance Notes will remain in force (unless expunged) and members may access these Practice Directions and Guidance Notes in the Members Library.

Click on the topic headers to view Practice Directions and Guidance Notes relevant to a topic. Alternatively click on 'Expand All' to view the full list of topics and Practice Directions and Guidance Notes.

[Last updated 1 June 2018]

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1. Client's Interest

GN

  1. Client's Presence in Chamber Hearings [Under Review]


2. Communication with the Court

Expunge

  • Vacating Dates Fixed for Hearing [Expunged]


3. Conduct of Criminal Prosecutions by Legal Practitioner

PD

  1. Request for Vacating or Adjournment of Criminal Cases in the State Courts


4. Court Etiquette

PD

  1. Extension of Time
  2. Punctuality for Court Hearings

Expunge

  • Witnesses Attendances in the Subordinate Courts [Expunged]
  • Counsel's Robes and Gowns [Expunged]
  • Requests for Interpreters [Expunged]

5. Dealings with Witnesses

Expunge

  • Service of Subpoenas [Expunged]

6. Duty to the Court

PD

  1. Attestation of Documents [Under Review]
  2. Duty of Legal Practitioner to Lay Information of Criminal Offence [Under Review]

7. Legal Practitioner not to Act if he is a Witness

PD

  1. Legal Practitioners as Witnesses [Under Review]

8. Letter of Demand

PD

  1. Letters of Demand [Under Review]

9. Relationship with Client or Court

PD

  1. Appointment of a Solicitor or a Person Employed by a Solicitor to Act as Bailiff under Section 15A of the State Courts Act [Under Review]
  2. Commissioner for Oaths – Attestation by Member of the Same Law Practice [Under Review]
1. Relationship with the Law Society

PD

  1. Challenging Another Legal Practitioner on Law Society's Rulings [Under Review]
  2. Complaints under Section 85 of the Legal Profession Act
  3. Enquiries to Relevant Committee
  4. Representation made by the Law Society

Expunge

  • ​Confidentiality of Law Society Circulars [Expunged]
1. Ad Hoc Admissions

GN

  1. Ad Hoc Admissions Under Section 15 of the Legal Profession Act

2. Anti-Money Laundering Obligations

PD

  1. Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism [Under Review]

3. Client and Conveyancing Accounts

PD

  1. Drawing Money for Legal Costs from Client Account [Under Review]
  2. Engagement of a Book-Keeper under the Legal Profession (Solicitors' Accounts) Rules [Under Review]
  3. Moneys Drawn on Client Account in Satisfaction of Solicitor's Costs [Under Review]
  4. Query: Accountant’s Report Rules – Accounting Period Under Review and Reconciliation of Ledger Balance [Under Review]
  5. Query: Accountant’s Report Rules – Delivery of Accountant's Report by Salaried Partners [Under Review]
  6. Query: Deposit Interest Rules – Application of Rule 2 to Client Moneys [Under Review]
  7. Query: Solicitors' Accounts Rules – Application of the Rules on Cash, Cheques and Deposit Accounts [Under Review]
  8. Query: Solicitors' Accounts Rules – Opening a Fixed Deposit Account with Finance Company [Under Review]
  9. Query: Solicitors' Accounts Rules – Payment into Client and Office Accounts [Under Review]
  10. Query: Solicitors' Accounts Rules – Self Representation by Solicitor or Representation by Firm Where Solicitor is Partner [Under Review]
  11. Responsibilities and Duties of a Second Signatory under the Legal Profession (Solicitors’ Accounts) Rules and Legal Profession (Solicitors’ Trust Accounts) Rules [Under Review]

GN

  1. Deposit of Moneys in the Client Account of a Law Practice [Under Review]

4. Cloud Computing

PD

  1. Cloud Computing [Under Review]

5. Description and Professional Stationery

PD

  1. Printing of Names on Envelopes
  2. Rule 33 of the Legal Profession (Professional Conduct) Rules 2015

Expunge

  • Corporate Stationery [Expunged]

6. Locum Solicitors

PD

  1. Client Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest for Locum Solicitors

7. Operating a Law Practice

PD

  1. Photocopy Charges [Under Review]
  2. Sole Practitioners – Arrangements for Continuance of Practice [Under Review]
  3. Status of Associates [Under Review]
  4. Telex and Facsimile Charges [Under Review]

GN

  1. Supervision of Paralegals [Under Review]

8. Outside Activities

PD

  1. Executive Appointments and Engagement in Business, Trade or Calling [Under Review]

9. Practice Trainees

PD

  1. Applications for Practice Trainees to Appear Before a Judge or Registrar
  2. Responsibilities in Supervising Practice Trainees

GN

  1. Practice Training and Relevant Legal Training

Expunge

  • Practice Training Contracts [Expunged]

10. Practising Certificates

GN

  1. Application for Practising Certificate when Section 25A of the Legal Profession Act Applies
  2. Replacement on Roll of Solicitor who has been Struck Off

11. Prohibitions Concerning Unauthorised Persons

PD

  1. Signing the Name of the Law Practice
  2. Work Done by an Unauthorised Person

12. Storage and Destruction of Documents

PD

  1. Storage and Destruction of Documents [Under Review]

GN

  1. Storage of Documents in Electronic Form

13. Tax Matters

PD

  1. Capital Allowances and Deductions on Law Books
  2. International Law Conferences – Tax Deductions Allowable [Under Review]
  3. Withholding Tax on Interest [Under Review]
1. Admiralty

PD

  1. Breach of Undertaking in Admiralty Proceedings

Expunge

  • Out of Hours Arrest of Vessels/Cargo in Admiralty [Expunged]

2. Charities

Expunge

  • Charity Proceedings [Expunged]

3. Criminal Practice

PD

  1. Procedure to Visit and Interview Clients in Prisons [Under Review]

4. Family Practice

PD

  1. Adoption Procedure [Under Review]

5. Insurance

PD

  1. Payment of Cheques by Defendant Insurer to Plaintiff for Motor Accident Claims
  2. Notification of Proceedings – Motor Insurers' Bureau [Under Review] 

6. Wills and Probate

PD

  1. Estate Duty – Delays in Assessment [Under Review] 
  2. Wills – Inquiry if Any Made [Under Review]
1. Equity in Lieu of Fees

PD

  1. Equity in Lieu of Fees [Under Review]

2. Fee Agreements

PD

  1. Fee Agreements in Writing [Under Review]
  2. Fee Arrangements with Clients [Under Review]
  3. Non-Refundable Deposit or Retainer [Under Review]
  4. Two-Thirds Rule [Under Review]

3. Payment of Legal Fees by Credit Card

PD

  1. Use of Credit Cards [Under Review]

4. Prohibition Against the Use of Debt Collectors

PD

  1. Use of Debt Collectors for the Recovery of Legal Fees and Expenses [Under Review]

5. Sharing of Fees

PD

  1. Sharing of Fees between Legal Practitioners [Under Review]
1. Ethics and Information Technology

PD

  1. Media Comments and Internet/Social Media Posts [Under Review]
  2. Referrals/Hyperlinking of Websites

GN

  1. Ethics and Information Technology

2. Scope of Publicity and General Responsibilities

PD

  1. Advertisement and Media Publicity
  2. Distribution of Flyers or Leaflets
  3. Identification of Legal Practitioners or Law Practices
  4. Publicity by Legal Practitioners Through Public Appearances and Contributions to Publications
  5. Visiting Cards – Legal Practitioners
  6. Greeting Cards [Under Review]

Expunge

  • Third Party Publicity [Expunged]
1. Client Care

PD

  1. Confirming Instructions and Keeping Attendance Notes
  2. Limitation of Civil Liability [Under Review]
  3. Trade Marks and Company Names [Under Review]

GN

  1. Informing a Client of his Right to Taxation or Review of a Fee Agreement

2. Conflict of Interest

PD

  1. Acting Against Public Authority [Under Review]
  2. Acting for Both Applicant Creditor and Provisional Liquidator
  3. Acting for Both Complainant and Accused
  4. Acting for Both Debenture Holder of a Company and Receiver Appointed by the Holder
  5. Council Ruling: Conflict of Interest – Acting Against Former Client in Litigation Pertaining to Same Transaction
  6. Council Ruling: Conflict of Interest – Mortgagor/Mortgagee
  7. Interest In a Public Authority [Under Review]

3. Termination of Retainer and Withdrawal

PD

  1. Copies of Documents
  2. Legal Practitioner on Record [Under Review]
  3. No Taking Over Brief Until Retainer Determined and Basis of Second Opinion [Under Review]
  4. Transfer of Clients' Moneys on Dissolution [Under Review]

GN

  1. Guidelines for Handling of Clients' Files When a Legal Practitioner Leaves a Law Practice to Practise in Another Law Practice [Under Review]

4. Warrant to Act, Letter of Engagement and Referrals from Third Parties

PD

  1. Correspondences to Potential Clients where Legal Practitioner is Permitted to Act for More than One Client in a Transaction [Under Review]
  2. Reservation of Rights in Warrant to Act or Letter of Engagement
  3. Warrant to Act, Letter of Engagement and Referrals from Third Parties [Under Review]

GN

  1. Limited Retainers [Under Review]
  2. Providing Welfare Assistance to Clients [Under Review]
1. Allegation Against Another Legal Practitioner

PD

  1. Allegation Against Another Legal Practitioner in Court Documents

GN

  1. Guidelines on Reporting Subversion of the Administration of Justice [Under Review]

2. Bill of Costs

Expunge

  • Bill of Costs – Objection Notation [Expunged]

3. Communications

PD

  1. Communication with Clients of Other Solicitors [Under Review]
  2. Communication with Former Client [Under Review]
  3. Dealings with the Opposing Party [Under Review]
  4. Quoting of References in Correspondence [Under Review]

4. Confidentiality

PD

  1. Legal Practitioners' Correspondence in Sealed Cover
  2. Professional Secrecy and Privilege [Under Review]

5. Courtesy and Fairness

PD

  1. Acknowledgement of Documents
  2. Advising a Friend who is a Client of Another Legal Practitioner
  3. Draft Documents [Under Review]
  4. Legal Practitioner on Record Not Entitled to Refuse Service of Documents [Under Review]
  5. Obtaining Evidence of a Legal Practitioner’s Misconduct by Entrapment or by Illegal or Improper Means [Under Review]
  6. Phone Etiquette [Under Review]
  7. Professional Conference [Under Review]
  8. Protracted Arguments in Chambers
  9. Relations with Other Legal Practitioners [Under Review]
  10. Service of Originating Process on Legal Practitioners [Under Review]
  11. Waiting Time Before Proceeding to Tax Bills Ex Parte [Under Review]

Expunge

  • Draft Orders of Court – Disagreement [Expunged]
  • Exchange of Authorities [Expunged]

6. Entering Judgment by Default

Expunge

  • Entering Judgment by Default – 2 Working Days' Notice [Expunged]

7. Professional Undertakings

PD

  1. Undertakings Required of a Law Practice under Section 78(1) of the Legal Profession Act

8. Responsibilities for Fees

PD

  1. Responsibility for Third Party Fees [Under Review]

Expunge

  • Fees for Court Attendance by Government Doctors/Employees [Expunged]
  • Fees Payable to Notary Public [Expunged]
1. Specific Dealings with Third Parties

PD

  1. Council Ruling: Request for Information
  2. Letters Threatening Criminal Proceedings/Offensive Letters [Under Review]
1. Third-Party Funding

GN

  1. Third-Party Funding [Under Review]