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Solicitors engaging in private practice

As a solicitor of the Board, if you engage in private practice you are in breach of your contract of employment. You won’t be covered by our professional negligence insurance. You may expose us to an action in negligence, depending on the circumstances of the case.

If it comes to management’s attention that you have been advising or representing any person privately as a solicitor, we will take disciplinary action against you, up to and including dismissal. If you feel there are exceptional circumstances that mean you should be allowed to deal with something privately as a solicitor, you should bring it to the attention of the Director of Civil Legal Aid or Chief Executive. However, the circumstances would need to be totally exceptional before the Director or Chief Executive would even consider allowing you to act.