Friday, July 5, 2013

Canada Supreme Court clarifies rules re conflicts of interests

Some time ago, there was a debate as to whether the ABA Model Rules should be amended to allow for screening in cases of concurrent conflicts of interests if the interests of the clients involved were not related.  That view was (correctly, in my opinion) rejected and the debate has since died down.  The rule, thus, remains that a lawyer may not act for clients with directly adverse legal interests, even in matters that are unrelated. Interestingly, the Canadian Supreme Court recently clarified its position on this subject, making it clear it agrees with the ABA Model Rules approach.  Go here for more on the story.

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