CLPD Programme

Programme of the General Legal Council CLPD Committee

The Aims and Objectives

CLPD Courses and Activities in Ethics, Client Welfare, Business Management and Finance

  1. The syllabus has been designed to provide Attorneys in practice with a comprehensive understanding of the historical, philosophical and practical background to ethics and professionalism.
  2. The subjects listed in the syllabus are intended to cover the whole range of the topics normally comprised in well-established ethics courses in common law jurisdictions, with special emphasis being placed where necessary on those cases of particular relevance to Jamaica.
  3. The aim is to achieve high intellectual content with practical qualities by means of the contents of the presentation and the materials supplied.
  4. The ultimate objective is to strengthen the ethical standards of the profession and instill public confidence in the integrity and proficiency of its members.

SYLLABUS

ETHICS, CLIENT WELFARE, BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND FINANCE

  1. THE ESSENTIALS OF PROFESSIONALISM AND ETHICS –  Admission to the Profession – Status and Responsibilities as an Attorney
  2. REFERRAL AND ENGAGEMENT – Legal Aid – Dock Briefs
  3. FEE CHARGING AND CONTINGENCY FEES – Recovery
  4. DILIGENCE IN HANDLING CLIENTS’ BUSINESS – Standard of Care – Duty to continue to act – Repugnant/Unpopular clients
  5. CONFLICT OF INTEREST – Acting for both Parties – Opposing a former client – Interest in Litigation – Role as Witness
  6. CONFIDENTIALITY – Disclosure – Privilege
  7. CLIENT RELATIONSHIP – Candour – Restraint from Wrongdoing
  8. DUTY TO THE COURT – Candour and Courtesy
  9. ROLE OF THE ADVOCATE – Including Prosecutorial Duties
  10. RELATIONSHIP WITH FELLOW ATTORNEYS – Contact with other Attorneys’ clients
  11. ADVERTISING AND PUBLIC COMMENTARIES – Touting – Fee sharing
  12. ACCOUNTING RULES – Part I – Principles of Clients’ Trust Accounts and Reporting – Obligatory Returns/Declarations
  13. ACCOUNTING RULES – Part II – Maintaining Records and Bank Reconciliation –  Interest  on Clients’ Funds
  14. FINANCE
  15. BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
  16. PROCEEDS OF CRIME ACT AND ATTORNEYS’ OBLIGATIONS
  17. CROSS-BORDER PRACTICE, INTER-DISCIPLINARY PARTNERSHIPS AND FEE-SHARING
  18. DISCIPLINARY SYSTEM – Cooperation and Compliance

REPEATING OF SEMINARS

So long as the demand exists, each seminar will be presented in Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Mandeville.


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