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Ross Cranston

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780199292073

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199292073.001.0001

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Lawyers’ Conduct: the Professional Standards

Lawyers’ Conduct: the Professional Standards

(p.178) 6 Lawyers’ Conduct: the Professional Standards
How Law Works

Ross Cranston

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the need to reconsider the boundaries between a lawyer's obligation to a client and the public interest. It also considers the danger that focusing simply on the profession's ethical rules can lead to moral blindness: legal ethics and professional responsibility are more than a set of rules; they are also a commitment to honesty, integrity, and service in the working of the law. Secrecy, diligence, and fidelity are the three duties that offer the pegs for a relatively brief exposition of the central rules of professional responsibility. The limits of lawyer zeal are illustrated. There is a need for rules and a bureaucratic machinery to assimilate and discipline the profession's disparate parts. An underlying theme of this chapter has been that the move to more definite rules is not only inevitable but also desirable. In addition, legal ethics have to be conceived of within the more general area of professional responsibility.

Keywords:   lawyers, professional standards, legal ethics, professional responsibility

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