Student Code of Conduct


We set out below the aims to provide junior legal professionals with guidance on how to achieve success in legal practice. This provisional code sets standards we expect of you as a lay person and trust it is consistent with assisting you to undertake your development in a supportive environment.

Your expectations       

To develop in law, you must be committed to providing a maximum standard in educational provisions and administrative services.

Accordingly, we intend to support you and give to you clear understandable and accurate advice, base information and help. It is our intention to provide to you every opportunity to attend inductions sessions to further your career and update you as you develop.

We will assist you with scheduling your work appropriately and deal with your enquiries promptly, courteously and efficiently.

Should a complaint occur we will investigate it with a view of shepherding you in any aspect of our service, again, promptly and with courteousy. We value people who want to strive and will at all times respect you and your values.

What we expect from you

We expect you to:

  • take responsibility, seek help when appropriate, and then act upon it
  • treat others with respect, be courteous with everyone you come into contact with
  • adhere to the policies set by your firm and comply with any reasonable requirements whilst on or off your practising premises
  • value people equally, respect the values of others, allow them the right to express themselves and appreciate the contributions of all

What we will not accept from lay members

We consider the following unacceptable conduct as they will in our opinion constitute misconduct that is likely to lead to disciplinary action. That said we cannot cover every eventuality thus the list should not be regarded as exhaustive.

We will not tolerate under any circumstance flagrant behaviour that:

  • disrupts or improperly interferes with the advancement of others;
  • may be, in our view, likely to obstruct others;
  • may be, or is likely to be improperly interfering with the functions/duties/activities of member of our staff, the staff of your employer, your clients or anyone that seeks justice;
  • may be considered discrimination, harassment, or victimisation of others on the grounds of their gender, gender reassignment, pregnancy, disability, maternity, age, race, creed, belief, or sexual orientation;
  • may be, or is likely to be viewed as bullying of any kind towards another via actions deeds or words including the use of any social medium;
  • is violent, indecent, intimidating or threatening, or anything that might be construed as involving offensive behaviour;
  • is likely to cause injury or jeopardise safety;
  • breaks the regulations of the premises you visit or work in;
  • reveals confidential information without permission, including personal data;
  • amounts to malpractice or that breaches professional skills expected.