Integrity issues related to lawyers and law firms
Please provide us with an overview of integrity issues related to lawyers and law firms.
The factors that create integrity risks relate to the pressure and incentive some lawyers and law firms have in turning a profit for their clients; the undermining of their independence; the potential for abuse of attorney-client privilege; weak industry-wide anti-corruption standards; and weak internal policies and controls within law firms. Some lawyers also lack awareness and knowledge of anti-corruption provisions.
Lindner, S. Integrity issues related to lawyers and law firms. U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, CMI, Bergen, Norway (2014) 9 pp. [U4 Expert Answer 2014: 07]