A guide to Code of Ethics

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May Ling is a Partner in Allen & Gledhill’s dispute resolution practice and specialises in commercial litigation and white-collar crime & investigations. She has also been worked on prosecutions by the Law Society of Singapore for breaches of ethical rules and is a tutor for the course in Ethics & Professional Responsibility run by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education for the Preparatory Course leading to Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations.

In this one-hour training, she talks about its importance, In-House Counsel role is multi-faceted and conduct can lead to reputational concerns for:

  • Employer/organisation
  • In-house counsel – how other teams
  • The bar
  • Personal reputation

She also talks about the key principles of ethical behavior:

  • Integrity
  • Impartiality
  • Advising adherence to both the letter and spirit of the law. Don’t try to find loopholes that are not in line with the spirit of the law
  • Not bringing the integrity of the in-house counsel profession into disrepute
  • Not engaging in dishonest, corruption, bribery
  • Disclosing COI (real and perceived). Importance of not just being beyond reproach but being seen to be beyond reproach.
  • Providing honest, objective advice that is based on facts –avoid temptation to give the commercial answer if such an answer conflicts with the law

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Published on : Sep 15 2021

Published on : Sep 15 2021