The Lawyer-Client Relationship
Lawyer-Client Relationship, Legal Ethics, Professional Regulation, Legal Profession
In the previous chapter, we review the conceptual frameworks for legal ethics and professional responsibiility and identified several goerning themes and tensions. In this chapter, we translate theses more abstract concerns into the day-to-day realities of legal practice by analyzing three areas of ethical concern: (a) formation of the lawyer-client relationship; (b) the obligations of competence and quality of service; and (c) terminating the lawyer-client relationship. These three broad areas generate several quite specific issues which we review chronologically.
Richard Devlin & Pooja Parmar, "The Lawyer-Client Relationship" in Alice Woolley, Richard Devlin & Brent Cotter, eds, Lawyers' Ethics and Professional Regulation, 4th ed (Markham: LexisNexis Canada, 2021) 77.