Professional Ethics Copy


  • Advises and acts according to law –
  • Voluntary assumption of self-discipline beyond requirements of law –
  • Able to work with due care and skill –
  • Acts in client’s best interest –

Disapproval of:

  • Dishonesty / theft.
  • Failing to work with care and skill.
  • Divulging confidences.
  • Evading tax and other legal obligations.
  • Contingency fees.
  • Bringing profession into disrepute.
  • Bribery and corruption.

The true differentiators

  • A true profession is self-regulated.
  • It is driven by its own value system.

I would like to believe it is driven by a passion for all the things it stands for at a group and individual level.

Various levels of acceptable practice

  • Legal – that which is prescribed by law.
  • Societal – what society expects.
  • Norms – what is usually done and has become acceptable practice.
  • Values – personal or group values.
  • Common practice – similar to norms.
  • Group ethics – that which is prescribed by a group of individuals.
  • Individual ethics – your own view of what constitutes ethical practice.
  • Group think – behaviour that is enforced by the many and deviation is considered betrayal by the group.

Ethical analysis on assignments

  • Consider a past assignment where there was an ethical dilemma.
  • Complete the “Ethical Analysis on assignments” questionnaire. (that follows)
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