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Our Code of Ethics

Is set out in Section 1.1 of our By-law No. 16, the governing by-law of ILCO:

The duties performed by the Law Clerk shall at all times be subject to the supervision of that person's principal. The Law Clerk shall at no time represent herself or himself to a client as a Barrister and Solicitor. The Law Clerk shall not counsel or give legal advice to a client without the authority of the Principal.

 

  • The Law Clerk must discharge his or her duty to the Principal and to the client of the Principal with honesty and integrity.
  • The Law Clerk should serve the Principal in a conscientious, diligent and efficient manner and should provide a quality of service at least equal to that which Barristers and Solicitors generally would expect of a competent Law Clerk.
  • The Law Clerk has a duty to hold in strict confidence all information acquired in the course of the professional relationship concerning the business and affairs of the Principal and the Principal's clients and the Law Clerk should not divulge any such information unless expressly authorized by the Principal or required by law to do so.
  • The Law Clerk owes a duty to the Principal to observe all relevant rules and laws regarding the preservation and safekeeping of the property of the client entrusted to the Principal.
  • The Law Clerk should assist in maintaining the integrity of the Legal Profession and should participate in its activities within the limits imposed by The Law Society of Upper Canada or other governing body.
  • The Law Clerk's conduct toward the Principal and other lawyers shall be characterized by courtesy and good faith.
  • The Law Clerk shall observe the rules of conduct set out in this Code of Ethics in the spirit as well as in the letter.
  • Any business cards used by the Law Clerk shall include the name of the Law Clerk's employer and specify the occupation of the Law Clerk or such other description as shall from time to time be approved by ILCO and/or The Law Society of Upper Canada.
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