This course will provide you with some practical guidance on how to recognize, avoid and manage conflicts of interest in your legal practice, which will be essential to your success as a solicitor. The course is divided into three parts.
The first part provides an overview of conflicts of interests in Hong Kong, which defines a conflict of interest in legal terms, specifically in relation to a solicitor’s duty of care. The second part of the course unpacks the rules governing conflicts in Hong Kong and explores relevant provisions of the standards of professional conduct for solicitors as well as chapters seven and nine of the solicitor’s guide to professional conduct which explore fiduciary detail.
The third and final part of the course deals with managing conflicts of interests in your legal practice and provides an overview of what’s commonly referred to as conflicts check systems and the different components of what those must entail and some general observations and things to look out for before you decide to take on any new clients.
This course is taught by Kelly Stone, a lawyer from the United States with more than twelve years of international law experience. Kelly holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Sociology and Philosophy and has been working to strengthen the capacity of both public and private bodies in adhering to obligations under the law. Kelly is well-versed in legal analysis and research and has provided technical expertise in developing legal norms and standards, assessing risk management and strategies, and has assisted government actors in developing policies and protocols relating to safety and security. Kelly is also a certified facilitator and has trained government officials, NGOs, and community leaders on a variety of topics, including law, policy, safety, and development. In addition, Kelly has a demonstrative publication record, which includes peer-viewed journal articles, book chapters, and opinion pieces.