Fundamental duties of Lawyers to Clients

There are some key fundamental duties Ontario Lawyers owe to clients. The following is a list of a few, but the list is not exhaustive:

> A lawyer’s fundamental duty is to act in the best interests of his or her client, to the exclusion of all other adverse interests, except those disclosed
to and willingly accepted by the client;

> A lawyer must not keep the client in the dark about matters he knows will be relevant to the retainer;

> A lawyer must avoid competing interests precisely so that he or she can remain committed to the client, ensuring that divided loyalty does not cause the lawyer to soft-pedal
his or her representation of one client out of concern for another;

> A law firm cannot terminate a client relationship purely in an attempt to circumvent its duty of loyalty to that client. *

William Poulos, Barrister
* This blog is not a substitute for legal advice. Should you require legal advice, a lawyer should be consulted to advise on the specific circumstances of your case.

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