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New training course on professional conduct and ethics in immigration advice

We’ve published a new practical skills course for Free Movement members on professional conduct and ethics in immigration advice. The topic is particularly important for immigration lawyers, who often represent vulnerable clients and are expected to conform to a high level of professional standards.

We take a look at the different codes of conduct for the professional bodies regulating legal practice in the UK, including the General Council of the Bar, the Law Society of England and Wales, the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, the Faculty of Advocates, the Law Society of Scotland, the General Council of the Bar of Northern Ireland, and the Law Society of Northern Ireland. As our course author says, each code contains different wording but similar themes. The course is replete with examples to help demonstrate the ethical problems an advisor might encounter in the provision of immigration advice, and how to deal with them.

The course is only available to paying members of Free Movement. If you are not already a member, you can join here and access not just this course but all of our courses. Membership starts from £24 per month and you can cancel at any time.

Module 1 Introduction to professional conduct and ethics
Unit 1 General overview of sources  
Unit 2 Different wording, but consistent themes  
Module 2 Duty not to mislead
Unit 1 Duties to Home Office and Tribunal  
Unit 2 Common examples  
Module 3 Duty of confidentiality
Unit 1 Duty to your client  
Unit 2 Who is your client?  
Unit 3 Duty of disclosure v duty of confidentiality  
Unit 4 Common examples  
Module 4 Conflicts of interest
Unit 1 Introduction to conflicts of interest  
Unit 2 Conflict with you or your firm  
Unit 3 Conflict with other clients  
Unit 4 Common examples  
Module 5 Other conduct issues
Unit 1 Introduction  
Unit 2 Duty of candour  
Unit 3 Discrimination  
Unit 4 Further reading and resources  
Unit 5 Final quiz  
Unit 6 Feedback form  
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Colin Yeo

Colin Yeo

Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder of the Free Movement immigration law website.