Clients’ freedom


General principle

A Member shall respect the freedom of clients to be represented by the lawyer of their choice. Unless prevented by professional conduct rules or by law, a lawyer shall be free to take on or reject a case.

Explanatory note

The client may issue an instruction or mandate to the Member lawyer, instructing the transfer of all papers and files to another. The Member is under an obligation to comply with the instruction or mandate, subject to any lawful right of retention or lien.

A Member should not withdraw from representation of a client except for good cause or upon reasonable notice to the client and must minimize any potential harm to the client’s interests, and (where appropriate or required) with the permission of the court. A Member shall do everything reasonable to mitigate the consequences of the change of instructions.