It is not unusual for solicitors to face extreme pressure from existing or prospective clients to act in a way that may serve their best interests, but could be contrary to the ethical principles by which we must practice.
Very recently, I read a blog by a family solicitor in which he described the pressure he is put under from prospective divorcing couples who only want to engage one solicitor.
This can, of course, raise the issue of actual or potential conflict of interests. Although separating couples can untangle their lives amicably, the solicitor’s role is to act in their client’s best interests. In any situation where a solicitor has multiple clients, there is the real prospect of a conflict arising.
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