DIFC bares new code for legal practices

The DIFC Courts, Dubai’s established English language, commercial common-law judicial system, recently announced the introduction of the new “Code of Best Legal Professional Practice”.

By (Staff Report)

Published: Sun 31 Mar 2013, 11:05 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:46 AM

DIFC Courts Chief Justice Michael Hwang said that the code would set the highest standards for professional conduct by all lawyers who operate within the Dubai International Financial Centre — whether authorised to appear as advocates before DIFC Courts, or otherwise licenced to conduct business in the DIFC itself.

The new code is based on established professional conduct rules drawn from different jurisdictions. It relates in particular to issues of conflict of interest, confidentiality and advocacy — plus all aspects of relations with clients, other lawyers and the DIFC Courts. It will be refined as the need for defined ethical standards in different aspects of legal practice develops.

The new code will complement the Courts’ existing and mandatory Code of Conduct, which was introduced in 2009. However, it also includes conduct not covered by the DIFC Courts’ existing code, and it extends to cover non-contentious work as well. It is designed to codify best practices, and to encourage optimum standards of professional legal behaviour that are widely practised internationally.


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