Honesty, integrity and fairness


General principle

A lawyer shall always maintain the highest standards of honesty, integrity and fairness towards their client, the court, colleagues and all those with whom our member comes into professional contact with.

Explanatory note

Trust in our membership requires every Member to exemplify personal integrity, honesty and fairness.

Our Member shall not knowingly make a false statement of fact or law in the course of representing a client or fail to correct a false statement of material fact or law previously made by them.

Our Member has an obligation to be professional with clients, other parties and counsel, the courts, court personnel, and the public. This obligation extends to civility, professional integrity, personal dignity, candour, diligence, respect, courtesy, and cooperation, all of which are essential to the fair administration of justice and conflict resolution.

Our Members should be mindful that while their duties are often carried out in an adversarial forum, they should not treat the court, other lawyers, or the public in a hostile manner. Nevertheless, it is also true that there are different standards expected towards the client, the court or a professional colleague since our Member has different responsibilities towards each category. The expression of these responsibilities varies by jurisdiction.

International implications

Our Member who appears before or becomes otherwise engaged with a court or tribunal must, comply with the rules applied by such court or tribunal.

Cross-border cooperation between Members from different jurisdictions requires respect for the differences that may exist between their respective legal systems, and the relevant rules for the regulation of the legal profession.

A Member who undertakes professional work in a jurisdiction where they are not a full member of the local profession shall adhere to applicable law and the standards of professional ethics in the jurisdiction of which the Member is associated with, and our Member shall practice only to the extent this is permitted in the host jurisdiction and provided that all applicable law and ethical standards of the host jurisdiction are observed.