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Being clear about your professional values

Being a solicitor is not just about technical knowledge or management skills

19 March 2014

There is something special about being a solicitor. It’s about having the technical knowledge, of course, but it’s much more than that. An ethical approach, good client care, management skills, avoiding conflicts, and, overall, being professional. All this goes without saying and is neatly contained in the SRA’s ten principles. Yet, other than when a solicitor has broken the rules, it can be difficult to say exactly how this translates in day-to-day practice. 

This was not necessarily an issue when solicitors were virtually the only legal professionals in the sector. These assumptions were unchallenged. Not so now that the market has opened, first with licensed conveyancers, now with accountants and legal executives about to gain the right to undertake conveyancing and probate. Solicitors need to give serious thinking to what makes them different from other legal professionals who can claim they uphold similar values and standards, undergo recognised t...

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