Dishonesty and lack of integrity cannot be treated as synonymous for the purposes of assessing a solicitor's conduct, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
In Wingate & Anor v The Solicitors Regulation Authority, Lord Justice Jackson concluded that integrity for solicitors was about more than simply acting honestly. Instead, professional people should have a duty to adhere to higher moral standards not only in what they say but what they do.
John Gould appears in the Law Society Gazette saying "The trust that a professional will behave with the high standard of integrity required of their profession is a fundamental public interest. It is not enough simply not to be a crook."
Integrity is 'more than mere honesty' CoA tells solicitors is available to read on the Law Society Gazette website.
John is Senior Partner of Russell-Cooke. John's area of particular expertise is regulation and public law. He specialises in the analysis and solution of complex regulatory problems, advising regulators, government departments, law enforcement agencies, charities and statutory and professional bodies.